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Lucille Clifton



Lucille Clifton (1936–2010) was an American poet, writer, and teacher. She was Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1979 to 1985, and her awards included the Juniper Prize for Poetry, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the National Book Award, two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, an Emmy Award from the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Lucille Clifton is known for her themes of family, community, politics, womanhood, the spirit, and the African American experience.

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homage to hips

Lucille Clifton reads her poem.

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Generations: A Memoir

A moving family biography in which the poet traces her family history back through Jim Crow, the slave trade, and all the way to the women of the Dahomey people in West Africa. Buffalo. A father's funeral. Memory.

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Cutting Greens: Terrance Hayes Reads Lucille Clifton’s Spare and Stunning Ode to the Kinship of All Creatures

A glorious fifteen-line celebration of “the bond of live things everywhere.”

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Lucille Clifton & Sonia Sanchez: Mirrors & Windows

Clifton & Sanchez - Mirrors & Windows 10/24/2001 at The New School, New York, NY. Moderated by Eisa Davis.

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Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection

This anthology features poems by Mark Doty, Ross Gay, Donald Hall, Marie Howe, Naomi Shihab Nye and many others. These poets, from all walks of life, and from all over America, prove to us the possibility of creating in our lives what Dr.

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Poetry Breaks: Lucille Clifton Reads “The Lost Baby Poem”

Poetry Breaks features short videos of internationally renowned poets reading their work, reading the work of other poets, and discussing their takes on poetry in a variety of locations.

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Poetry Everywhere: “Won’t You Celebrate with Me” by Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton reads her poem “won’t you celebrate with me.”

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Next: New Poems

Finalist, 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. “Clifton mythologizes herself: that is, she illuminated her surroundings and history from within in a way that casts light on much beyond.” —The Women’s Review of Books

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Poetry Breaks: Lucille Clifton on Where Ideas Come From

Poetry Breaks features short videos of internationally renowned poets reading their work, reading the work of other poets, and discussing their takes on poetry in a variety of locations.

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Poetry in Person

“In the fall of 1970, at the New School in Greenwich Village, a new teacher posted a flyer on the wall,” begins Alexander Neubauer’s introduction to this remarkable book. “It read ‘Meet Poets and Poetry, with Pearl London and Guests.’ ” Few students responded.

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