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Lucille Clifton (1936–2010)

Autor/a de Everett Anderson's Goodbye

47+ obres 2,696 Membres 112 Ressenyes 6 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Lucille Clifton was born in Depew, New York on June 27, 1936. She was the first person in her family to graduate from high school. She attended Howard University, where she majored in drama, for two years before deciding that she would rather write poetry. Her first poetry collection Good Times was mostra'n més published in 1969. During her lifetime, she wrote 11 books of poetry and 20 children's books. She won numerous awards including the Coretta Scott King Award for Everett Anderson's Good-bye in 1984, the National Book Award for Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems, 1988-2000 in 2001, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize award in 2007. She was the Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1979 to 1985. She died after a long battle with cancer and other illnesses on February 13, 2010 at the age of 73. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys


Obres de Lucille Clifton

Everett Anderson's Goodbye (1983) 444 exemplars
The Book of Light (1993) 175 exemplars
The Lucky Stone (1979) 160 exemplars
Three Wishes (1809) 84 exemplars
Generations: A memoir (1976) 78 exemplars
Mercy (2004) 55 exemplars
Everett Anderson's Friend (1976) 40 exemplars
My Friend Jacob: (1980) 39 exemplars
The Times They Used to Be (1974) 33 exemplars
Everett Anderson's Year (1974) 33 exemplars
Everett Anderson's 1-2-3 (1977) 24 exemplars
The Black BC's (1970) 16 exemplars
Amifika (1977) 15 exemplars
Good times; poems (1969) 13 exemplars
Don't You Remember? (1985) 12 exemplars
Two-Headed Woman (1980) 11 exemplars
An ordinary woman (1974) 8 exemplars
All Us Come Cross the Water (1973) 8 exemplars
Good, says Jerome (1973) 5 exemplars
My brother fine with me (1975) 5 exemplars
Sonora Beautiful (1981) 4 exemplars
Ten oxherding pictures (1988) 1 exemplars
An ordinary woman 1 exemplars
Homage to My Hips 1 exemplars
sorrows 1 exemplars

Obres associades

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Col·laborador — 1,225 exemplars
Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (2003) — Col·laborador — 759 exemplars
Free to Be... You and Me (1974) — Col·laborador — 469 exemplars
Sisters of the Earth: Women's Prose and Poetry About Nature (1991) — Col·laborador — 394 exemplars
Contemporary American Poetry (1962) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions380 exemplars
Cries of the Spirit: A Celebration of Women's Spirituality (2000) — Col·laborador — 364 exemplars
The Black Poets (1983) — Col·laborador — 347 exemplars
The Best American Poetry 2000 (2000) — Col·laborador — 212 exemplars
The Best American Poetry 1999 (1999) — Col·laborador — 208 exemplars
Wise Women: Over Two Thousand Years of Spiritual Writing by Women (1996) — Col·laborador — 199 exemplars
Soul Looks Back in Wonder (1993) — Col·laborador — 198 exemplars
The Art of Losing (2010) — Col·laborador — 191 exemplars
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (2020) — Col·laborador — 162 exemplars
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Col·laborador — 160 exemplars
The Vintage Book of African American Poetry (2000) — Col·laborador — 140 exemplars
No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (1973) — Col·laborador — 122 exemplars
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Col·laborador — 114 exemplars
Poems from the Women's Movement (2009) — Col·laborador — 107 exemplars
Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009) — Col·laborador — 106 exemplars
The 100 Best African American Poems (2010) — Col·laborador — 95 exemplars
Tenderheaded: A Comb-Bending Collection of Hair Stories (2001) — Col·laborador — 91 exemplars
Make a Joyful Sound: Poems for Children by African American Poets (1991) — Col·laborador — 78 exemplars
Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation (1984) — Col·laborador — 72 exemplars
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (1684) — Col·laborador — 68 exemplars
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Col·laborador — 62 exemplars
Memory of Kin: Stories About Family by Black Writers (1990) — Col·laborador — 61 exemplars
The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013) — Col·laborador — 47 exemplars
Sisterfire: Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry (1994) — Col·laborador — 45 exemplars
I Hear a Symphony: African Americans Celebrate Love (1994) — Col·laborador — 33 exemplars
Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade (2006) — Col·laborador — 30 exemplars
Confirmation: An Anthology of African American Women (1983) — Col·laborador — 22 exemplars
The Poetry Cure (2005) — Col·laborador — 19 exemplars
Pathetic Literature (2022) — Col·laborador — 18 exemplars
Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (2018) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars
Handspan of Red Earth: An Anthology of American Farm Poems (1991) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars
Humor Me: An Anthology of Humor by Writers of Color (2002) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 9, May 1981 (1981) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Between Paradise & Earth: Eve Poems (2023) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom oficial
Clifton, Thelma Lucille Sayles
Altres noms
Clifton, Lucille
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc de naixement
Depew, New York, USA
Lloc de defunció
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Llocs de residència
Depew, New York, USA (birth)
New York, USA
Columbia, Maryland, USA
Howard University (Washington, DC, age 16)
Fredonia State Teachers College (1955)
children's book author
writer in residence (Coppin State College ∙ Baltimore ∙ Maryland ∙ 1971)
Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets (1999)
poet laureate (State of Maryland ∙ 1979-1982) (mostra-les totes 9)
Distinguished Professor of Humanities (St. Mary's College of Maryland)
claims clerk (New York State Division of Employment ∙ Buffalo ∙ 1958-1960)
literature assistant (Office of Education ∙ Washington ∙ D.C. ∙ 1960-1971)
Premis i honors
Shelley Memorial Award (1991/1992)
Lannan Literary Award (Poetry ∙ 1996)
National Book Award (2000)
Pulitzer Prize Nomination (1987)
University of Massachusetts Press Juniper Prize (1980)
Emmy Award from the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (mostra-les totes 10)
two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts
YM-YWHA Poetry Center Discovery Award
Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize (2007)
Frost Medal (2010)
Biografia breu
Lucille Clifton was born in Depew, New York. Named after her great-grandmother who, according to her father, was the first black woman to be legally hanged in the state of Virginia, she was raised with two half-sisters and a brother. Growing up, she recalls hearing the word 'nigger'. She knew that it wasn't her, and she thought, "'Well, I'll have to suspect everything they say, won't I?' And I've always been a very curious person, interested in a lot of things, and, so, in writing, I never thought I would be a poet" (qtd in Davis).

Clifton was awarded a scholarship to Howard University, becoming the first person in her family to finish high school and consider college, entering as a drama major. After two years she lost her scholarship and told her father, "I don't need that stuff. I'm going to write poems. I can do what I want to do! I'm from Dahomey women!" It was at this point that Clifton's writing began.

In a writer's group she met a man named Ishmael Reed, who showed some of her poems to Langston Hughes. He was the first to publish Clifton, premiering her work in the anthology Poetry of the Negro. Her first complete book of poems, Good Times, was published in 1969. She has been twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her first children's book, Some of the Days of Everett Anderson (1970), launched her into writing children's stories. Clifton was recently interviewed as part of "The Language of Life," with Bill Moyers, a major video series exploring the American phenomenon of public poetry. She has been honored as Poet Laureate of Maryland, and currently teaches as a Distinguished Professor of Humanities at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Lucille's poetry is straightforward and makes use of vernacular speech. Her poems contain compassion and a high level of emotion, which is uniquely American. Her African roots and her personal history have become the basis of her writing. Other common themes include family, death, birth, and religion. She says, "the proper subject matter for poetry is life" (qtd in Davis). She asserts that the reason to write poetry is to assert the importance of being human.



Excellent. Love her voice. Looking forward to the next collection.
Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
A young girl is convinced everyone in her family makes promises to her that only she remembers

Lucille Clifton was an American poet, writer, and educator from New York.
Common topics in her poetry include the celebration of her African American heritage,
and feminist themes, with particular emphasis on the female body
Good Times, her first book of poems, was published in 1969. She has since
been honored as Maryland's Poet Laureate.
CarrieFortuneLibrary | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Sep 12, 2022 |
This slim book is a memoir, and a family history. Written by a poet, which gives it an ease and pacing and repetition that is memorable, comfortable, and feels very safe and homey.

Clifton frames this around her father's funeral, a time when she traveled home, saw lots of relatives, and thought a lot about her father's life and the stories he told about their family history. And that is what we have here. The repetition feels exactly like a parent telling their children stories--the same things pop up here and there, with different phrasing and context. She frames how he taught her to be brave and capable and confident despite your surroundings, just like his great-grandmother who raised him from the age of 8. Clifton took all of this to heart.

There is a good family tree (with sources) on It does not go back to Carolie and the first Lucy--whether their passed-down history is exactly 100% true (lack of online sources does not mean it is not true, as any historian or genealogist can confirm) is irrelevant in light of the relevance and importance of the stories to the later generations, giving them history and background and love.

As a historian and genealogist, I wish everyone (especially the oldest generations) would write their own version of this. No they would not be poetic and evocative like this, but they would still be important within their own families and even to their own local historical/genealogical societies.
… (més)
Dreesie | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Jun 8, 2022 |



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