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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
9819 the lost baby poem Comments and analysis of the lost baby poem by Lucille Clifton 47 Comments
9286 Homage to My Hips Comments and analysis of Homage to My Hips by Lucille Clifton 4 Comments
8993 wishes for sons Comments and analysis of wishes for sons by Lucille Clifton 4 Comments
8705 sisters Comments and analysis of sisters by Lucille Clifton 21 Comments
7240 There is a girl inside Comments and analysis of There is a girl inside by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
7101 miss rosie Comments and analysis of miss rosie by Lucille Clifton 2 Comments
6735 good times
6245 the mississippi river empties into the gulf Comments and analysis of the mississippi river empties into the gulf by Lucille Clifton 2 Comments
5295 Poem in praise of menstruation Comments and analysis of Poem in praise of menstruation by Lucille Clifton 2 Comments
4450 Listen Children
4407 My Mama Moved Among the Days
4219 climbing Comments and analysis of climbing by Lucille Clifton 3 Comments
4023 i am accused of tending to the past Comments and analysis of i am accused of tending to the past by Lucille Clifton 4 Comments
3982 Cutting Greens
3840 moonchild
3573 the photograph: a lynching Comments and analysis of the photograph: a lynching by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
3511 the lost women Comments and analysis of the lost women by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
3444 Lorena
3191 harriet Comments and analysis of harriet by Lucille Clifton 7 Comments
3041 She Understands Me
2980 the times
2675 telling our stories
2596 Island Mary
2447 To A Dark Moses
930 shapeshifter poems Comments and analysis of shapeshifter poems by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
903 admonitions Comments and analysis of admonitions by Lucille Clifton 34 Comments
847 song at midnight Comments and analysis of song at midnight by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
844 Praise Song Comments and analysis of Praise Song by Lucille Clifton 13 Comments
819 A Dream of Foxes Comments and analysis of A Dream of Foxes by Lucille Clifton 202 Comments
692 seeker of visions Comments and analysis of seeker of visions by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
475 won't you celebrate with me
335 fury
222 memory
186 adam thinking


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