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Biography of Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton (1936 - Present)

Lucille Clifton was born (June 27, 1936) in Depew, New York. She attended Howard University from 1953 to 1955 and graduated from the State University of New York College at Fredonia (near Buffalo) in 1955. In 1958 she married Fred James Clifton. She worked as a claims clerk in the New York State Division of Employment, Buffalo (1958-1960), and as literature assistant in the Office of Education in Washington, D.C. (1960-1971). From 1971 to 1974 she was poet-in-residence at Coppin State College in Baltimore, and in 1979 she was named Poet Laureate of the state of Maryland.

In 1969 Ms. Cifton's first book, a collection of poetry entitled Good Times, was published and The New York Times as one of the year's 10 best books. Clifton's later poetry collections include Next: New Poems (1987), Quilting: Poems 1987-1990 (1991), and The Terrible Stories (1996). Generations: A Memoir (1976) is a prose piece celebrating her origins, and Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir: 1969-1980 (1987) collects some of her previously published verse.


Biography by: Beckles, Frances N. 20 Black Women. Gateway Press. Baltimore 1978.


34 Poems written by Lucille Clifton

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Page ViewsPoemComments
9352 the lost baby poem Comments and analysis of the lost baby poem by Lucille Clifton 36 Comments
8892 Homage to My Hips Comments and analysis of Homage to My Hips by Lucille Clifton 4 Comments
8525 wishes for sons Comments and analysis of wishes for sons by Lucille Clifton 3 Comments
8060 sisters Comments and analysis of sisters by Lucille Clifton 6 Comments
6647 miss rosie Comments and analysis of miss rosie by Lucille Clifton 2 Comments
6557 There is a girl inside Comments and analysis of There is a girl inside by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
6381 good times
5630 the mississippi river empties into the gulf Comments and analysis of the mississippi river empties into the gulf by Lucille Clifton 2 Comments
4919 Poem in praise of menstruation Comments and analysis of Poem in praise of menstruation by Lucille Clifton 2 Comments
4030 My Mama Moved Among the Days
4021 Listen Children
3895 climbing Comments and analysis of climbing by Lucille Clifton 3 Comments
3620 i am accused of tending to the past Comments and analysis of i am accused of tending to the past by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
3490 moonchild
3417 Cutting Greens
3197 fury
3170 the lost women Comments and analysis of the lost women by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
3085 the photograph: a lynching
3084 adam thinking
2982 Lorena
2826 harriet Comments and analysis of harriet by Lucille Clifton 4 Comments
2634 She Understands Me
2627 the times
2249 telling our stories
2192 Island Mary
1886 To A Dark Moses
422 A Dream of Foxes Comments and analysis of A Dream of Foxes by Lucille Clifton 197 Comments
402 admonitions Comments and analysis of admonitions by Lucille Clifton 17 Comments
397 shapeshifter poems Comments and analysis of shapeshifter poems by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
369 song at midnight Comments and analysis of song at midnight by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
331 Praise Song Comments and analysis of Praise Song by Lucille Clifton 4 Comments
306 memory
282 seeker of visions Comments and analysis of seeker of visions by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
218 won't you celebrate with me


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