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Lucille Clifton (1936–2010)

Forfatter af Everett Anderson's Goodbye

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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 vis mere 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) vis mindre

Omfatter også følgende navne: Lucille Clifton, Lucille Thelma Clifton


Værker af Lucille Clifton

Everett Anderson's Goodbye (1983) 459 eksemplarer
The Boy Who Didn't Believe in Spring (1973) 222 eksemplarer
The Book of Light (1993) 181 eksemplarer
The Lucky Stone (1979) 166 eksemplarer
Some of the Days of Everett Anderson (1656) 100 eksemplarer
Everett Anderson's Nine Month Long (1958) 95 eksemplarer
Generations: A Memoir (1976) 88 eksemplarer
Three Wishes (1809) 85 eksemplarer
Mercy (2004) 55 eksemplarer
Everett Anderson's Friend (1976) 40 eksemplarer
My Friend Jacob: (1980) 40 eksemplarer
The Times They Used to Be (1974) 34 eksemplarer
Everett Anderson's Year (1974) 34 eksemplarer
Voices (American Poets Continuum) (2008) 27 eksemplarer
Everett Anderson's 1-2-3 (1977) 24 eksemplarer
The Black BC's (1970) 16 eksemplarer
Amifika (1977) 15 eksemplarer
Good times; poems (1969) 13 eksemplarer
Don't You Remember? (1985) 12 eksemplarer
Two-Headed Woman (1980) 12 eksemplarer
An ordinary woman (1974) 8 eksemplarer
All Us Come Cross the Water (1973) 8 eksemplarer
Good, says Jerome (1973) 5 eksemplarer
My brother fine with me (1975) 5 eksemplarer
Sonora Beautiful (1981) 4 eksemplarer
Ten oxherding pictures (1988) 1 eksemplar
An ordinary woman 1 eksemplar
Homage to My Hips 1 eksemplar
sorrows 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Bidragyder — 1,263 eksemplarer
Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (2003) — Bidragyder — 770 eksemplarer
Free to Be... You and Me (1974) — Bidragyder — 484 eksemplarer
Sisters of the Earth: Women's Prose and Poetry About Nature (1991) — Bidragyder — 397 eksemplarer
Contemporary American Poetry (1962) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver385 eksemplarer
Cries of the Spirit: A Celebration of Women's Spirituality (2000) — Bidragyder — 372 eksemplarer
The Black Poets (1983) — Bidragyder — 356 eksemplarer
The Best American Poetry 2000 (2000) — Bidragyder — 213 eksemplarer
The Best American Poetry 1999 (1999) — Bidragyder — 208 eksemplarer
Soul Looks Back in Wonder (1993) — Bidragyder — 206 eksemplarer
The Art of Losing (2010) — Bidragyder — 199 eksemplarer
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (2020) — Bidragyder — 174 eksemplarer
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Bidragyder — 162 eksemplarer
The Vintage Book of African American Poetry (2000) — Bidragyder — 144 eksemplarer
No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (1973) — Bidragyder — 123 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Bidragyder — 119 eksemplarer
Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009) — Bidragyder — 114 eksemplarer
Poems from the Women's Movement (2009) — Bidragyder — 108 eksemplarer
The 100 Best African American Poems (2010) — Bidragyder — 97 eksemplarer
Tenderheaded: A Comb-Bending Collection of Hair Stories (2001) — Bidragyder — 91 eksemplarer
Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation (1984) — Bidragyder — 77 eksemplarer
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (1684) — Bidragyder — 69 eksemplarer
Memory of Kin: Stories About Family by Black Writers (1990) — Bidragyder — 65 eksemplarer
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Bidragyder — 63 eksemplarer
Trouble the Water: 250 Years of African American Poetry (1997) — Bidragyder — 56 eksemplarer
The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013) — Bidragyder — 48 eksemplarer
Sisterfire: Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry (1994) — Bidragyder — 46 eksemplarer
I Hear a Symphony: African Americans Celebrate Love (1994) — Bidragyder — 33 eksemplarer
Pathetic Literature (2022) — Bidragyder — 25 eksemplarer
Confirmation: An Anthology of African American Women (1983) — Bidragyder — 22 eksemplarer
The Poetry Cure (2005) — Bidragyder — 19 eksemplarer
Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (2018) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer
Handspan of Red Earth: An Anthology of American Farm Poems (1991) — Bidragyder — 7 eksemplarer
Humor Me: An Anthology of Humor by Writers of Color (2002) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 9, May 1981 (1981) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer
Between Paradise & Earth: Eve Poems (2023) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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Juridisk navn
Clifton, Thelma Lucille Sayles
Andre navne
Clifton, Lucille
Depew, New York, USA
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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) (vis alle 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)
Priser og hædersbevisninger
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 (vis alle 10)
two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts
YM-YWHA Poetry Center Discovery Award
Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize (2007)
Frost Medal (2010)
Kort biografi
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.




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.
… (mere)
greeniezona | 3 andre anmeldelser | Dec 3, 2023 |
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 | 1 anden anmeldelse | Sep 12, 2022 |



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