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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
9304 the lost baby poem Comments and analysis of the lost baby poem by Lucille Clifton 36 Comments
8871 Homage to My Hips Comments and analysis of Homage to My Hips by Lucille Clifton 4 Comments
8469 wishes for sons Comments and analysis of wishes for sons by Lucille Clifton 3 Comments
8022 sisters Comments and analysis of sisters by Lucille Clifton 6 Comments
6591 miss rosie Comments and analysis of miss rosie by Lucille Clifton 2 Comments
6497 There is a girl inside Comments and analysis of There is a girl inside by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
6336 good times
5551 the mississippi river empties into the gulf Comments and analysis of the mississippi river empties into the gulf by Lucille Clifton 2 Comments
4877 Poem in praise of menstruation Comments and analysis of Poem in praise of menstruation by Lucille Clifton 2 Comments
3979 My Mama Moved Among the Days
3968 Listen Children
3862 climbing Comments and analysis of climbing by Lucille Clifton 3 Comments
3587 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
3448 moonchild
3382 Cutting Greens
3155 fury
3145 the lost women Comments and analysis of the lost women by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
3045 the photograph: a lynching
3034 adam thinking
2930 Lorena
2778 harriet Comments and analysis of harriet by Lucille Clifton 3 Comments
2597 She Understands Me
2595 the times
2201 telling our stories
2140 Island Mary
1858 To A Dark Moses
367 A Dream of Foxes Comments and analysis of A Dream of Foxes by Lucille Clifton 196 Comments
336 admonitions Comments and analysis of admonitions by Lucille Clifton 16 Comments
334 shapeshifter poems Comments and analysis of shapeshifter poems by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
317 song at midnight Comments and analysis of song at midnight by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
270 Praise Song Comments and analysis of Praise Song by Lucille Clifton 3 Comments
262 memory
244 seeker of visions Comments and analysis of seeker of visions by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
191 won't you celebrate with me


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