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.

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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

    Famous Poem

    in Famous Sad Poems

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


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  • Homage To My Hips

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    in Famous Inspirational Poems

    these hips are big hips
    they need space to
    move around in.
    they don't fit into little


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    Work what you've got and be proud of it. Someone else probably wishes they had what you've got.

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