Lucille Clifton

About Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton, born June 27, 1936 was a poet and writer from Buffalo, New York. Her poetry celebrates her African American heritage, and includes feminist themes, with particular emphasis on the female body; for instance, one of her more well known poems is Homage To My Hips. From 1979 -1985 she was Poet Laureate of Maryland. In addition to her poetry, Clifton authored over 20 children's books. Lucille Clifton died on February 13, 2010, at the age of 73.

Lucille Clifton Videos

Lucille Clifton recites her poems:”What Haunts Him” and “Sorrows”.

Lucille Clifton recites her poems: “aunt jemima” and “afterblues.”

Poems by Lucille Clifton

Miss Rosie By Lucille Clifton

in Famous Sad Poems

Miss Rosie

when I watch you
wrapped up like garbage
sitting, surrounded by the smell
of too old potato peels ...

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