an American writer and educator from Buffalo, New York. From 1979–1985 she was Poet Laureate of Maryland. Common topics in her poetry include the celebration of her African American heritage, and feminist themes, with particular emphasis on the female body.
Life and career
Lucille Clifton (born Thelma Lucille Sayles) grew up in Buffalo, New York, and graduated from Fosdick-Masten Park High School in 1953. She went on to study on a scholarship at Howard University from 1953 to 1955, and after leaving over poor grades, studied at the State University of New York at Fredonia (near Buffalo).
In 1958, she married Fred James Clifton, a professor of Philosophy at ... more »
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- Homage to My Hips
- Poem in praise of menstruation
- i am accused of tending to the past
- miss rosie
- good times
- A Dream of Foxes
- adam thinking
- There is a girl inside
Quotationsmore quotations »
''Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language.''Lucille Clifton (b. 1936), U.S. poet. As quoted in Listen to Their Voices, ch. 9, by Mickey Pearlman (1993).
''My Mama has made breadLucille Clifton (b. 1936), U.S. poet. Good Times (l. 9-12). . . Poetry of Black America, The; Anthology of the 20th Century. Arnold Adoff, ed. (19...
and Grampaw has come
and everybody is drunk
and dancing in the kitchen''
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