may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back
– Lucille Clifton
born in Depew, New York, The United States June 27, 1936
died: February 13, 2010
genre: Poetry, Biographies & Memoirs
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.
She was the first person in her family to finish high school and attend college. She started Howard University on scholarship as a drama major but lost the scholarship two years later.
Thus began her writing career.
“Good Times”, her first book of poems, was published in 1969. She has since been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and has been honored as Maryland’s Poet Laureate.
Ms. Clifton’s foray into writing for children began with “Some of the Days of Everett Anderson”, published in 1970.
In 1976, “Generations: A Memoir” was published. In 2000, she won the National Book Award for Poetry, for her work “Poems Seven”.