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Lucille Clifton (1936–2010)

Autor(a) de Everett Anderson's Goodbye

49+ Works 2,822 Membros 115 Reviews 6 Favorited

About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos


Obras de Lucille Clifton

Everett Anderson's Goodbye (1983) 465 cópias, 45 resenhas
The Boy Who Didn't Believe in Spring (1973) 226 cópias, 4 resenhas
The Book of Light (1993) 182 cópias, 1 resenha
The Lucky Stone (1979) 169 cópias, 3 resenhas
Generations: A Memoir (1976) 93 cópias, 2 resenhas
Three Wishes (1976) 86 cópias, 2 resenhas
Mercy (2004) 55 cópias, 1 resenha
One of the Problems of Everett Anderson (1656) 48 cópias, 24 resenhas
Everett Anderson's Friend (1976) 41 cópias, 4 resenhas
My Friend Jacob: (1980) 40 cópias, 8 resenhas
Everett Anderson's Year (1974) 35 cópias, 2 resenhas
The Times They Used to Be (1974) 34 cópias
Voices (American Poets Continuum) (2008) 27 cópias, 1 resenha
Everett Anderson's 1-2-3 (1977) 25 cópias, 1 resenha
The Black BC's (1970) 16 cópias
Amifika (1977) 15 cópias, 2 resenhas
Two-Headed Woman (1980) 13 cópias
Good times; poems (1969) 13 cópias
Don't You Remember? (1985) 12 cópias, 2 resenhas
All Us Come Cross the Water (1973) 8 cópias, 2 resenhas
An ordinary woman (1974) 8 cópias
Good, says Jerome (1973) 5 cópias, 1 resenha
My brother fine with me (1975) 5 cópias
Sonora Beautiful (1981) 4 cópias
Blessing The Boats (2023) 2 cópias
Ten oxherding pictures (1988) 1 exemplar(es)
Lucille Clifton & Gwendolyn Brooks (1983) 1 exemplar(es)
An ordinary woman 1 exemplar(es)
Homage to My Hips 1 exemplar(es)
Generaciones (2023) 1 exemplar(es), 1 resenha
sorrows 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Contribuinte — 1,277 cópias, 9 resenhas
Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (2003) — Contribuinte — 779 cópias, 10 resenhas
Free to Be... You and Me (1974) — Contribuinte — 490 cópias, 8 resenhas
Sisters of the Earth: Women's Prose and Poetry About Nature (1991) — Contribuinte — 401 cópias, 4 resenhas
Contemporary American Poetry (1962) — Contribuinte, algumas edições390 cópias, 2 resenhas
Cries of the Spirit: A Celebration of Women's Spirituality (2000) — Contribuinte — 376 cópias, 3 resenhas
The Black Poets (1983) — Contribuinte — 362 cópias, 2 resenhas
The Best American Poetry 2000 (2000) — Contribuinte — 213 cópias
The Best American Poetry 1999 (1999) — Contribuinte — 209 cópias
Soul Looks Back in Wonder (1993) — Contribuinte — 207 cópias, 5 resenhas
The Art of Losing (2010) — Contribuinte — 206 cópias, 21 resenhas
Wise Women: Over Two Thousand Years of Spiritual Writing by Women (1996) — Contribuinte — 203 cópias, 1 resenha
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (2020) — Contribuinte — 178 cópias, 4 resenhas
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Contribuinte — 164 cópias, 2 resenhas
The Vintage Book of African American Poetry (2000) — Contribuinte — 149 cópias
No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (1973) — Contribuinte — 124 cópias
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contribuinte — 120 cópias
Poems from the Women's Movement (2009) — Contribuinte — 109 cópias
The 100 Best African American Poems (2010) — Contribuinte — 98 cópias, 5 resenhas
Tenderheaded: A Comb-Bending Collection of Hair Stories (2001) — Contribuinte — 92 cópias, 2 resenhas
Make a Joyful Sound: Poems for Children by African American Poets (1991) — Contribuinte — 83 cópias, 1 resenha
Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation (1984) — Contribuinte — 79 cópias
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (1684) — Contribuinte — 69 cópias, 2 resenhas
Memory of Kin: Stories About Family by Black Writers (1990) — Contribuinte — 67 cópias
The Poets' Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales (2003) — Contribuinte — 67 cópias, 1 resenha
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Contribuinte — 64 cópias, 1 resenha
Trouble the Water: 250 Years of African American Poetry (1997) — Contribuinte — 57 cópias
The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013) — Contribuinte — 49 cópias, 1 resenha
Sisterfire: Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry (1994) — Contribuinte — 46 cópias
I Hear a Symphony: African Americans Celebrate Love (1994) — Contribuinte — 33 cópias
Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade (2006) — Contribuinte — 30 cópias, 1 resenha
Beat the Drum, Independence Day Has Come: Poems for the Fourth of July (1977) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias, 1 resenha
Pathetic Literature (2022) — Contribuinte — 26 cópias, 1 resenha
Confirmation: An Anthology of African American Women (1983) — Contribuinte — 21 cópias
The Poetry Cure (2005) — Contribuinte — 19 cópias, 1 resenha
Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (2018) — Contribuinte — 9 cópias
Handspan of Red Earth: An Anthology of American Farm Poems (1991) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Humor Me: An Anthology of Humor by Writers of Color (2002) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 9, May 1981 (1981) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Between Paradise & Earth: Eve Poems (2023) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Clifton, Thelma Lucille Sayles
Outros nomes
Clifton, Lucille
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Depew, New York, USA
Local de falecimento
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Locais de residência
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) (mostrar todas 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)
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 (mostrar todas 10)
two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts
YM-YWHA Poetry Center Discovery Award
Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize (2007)
Frost Medal (2010)
Pequena biografia
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.




filbo_2024 | Apr 24, 2024 |
Clifton experienced so much darkness in her life, and it comes vividly through in her poetry. While she is brilliant, I cannot enjoy very much of her work in a short amount of time. Too much pain.
Treebeard_404 | Jan 23, 2024 |
Somehow Blessing the Boats was the first Lucille Clifton collection I have read, which is EMBARRASSING, as I have been intending to read her for ages (and have certainly read isolated poems of hers here and there.)

Her writing is spare and accessible and razor sharp, exemplified by a poem like "why some people be mad at me sometimes"
they ask me to remember
but they want me to remember
their memories
and i keep on remembering

I didn't quite fall all the way in love with these, which is I think largely because this is a collection from collections (which I somehow didn't realize when I picked this up). These cherry-picked "best of" collections many have isolated favorites, but I almost always prefer encountering the poems in their home collections, like listening to songs in their original albums rather than a "Best Of" CD. The context is missing.

I will have to pick up one of those soon.
… (mais)
greeniezona | outras 3 resenhas | Dec 3, 2023 |
Excellent. Love her voice. Looking forward to the next collection.
Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |



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