Monday, February 15, 2010

In Passing - Lucille Clifton

I was saddened to read the news of poet Lucille Clifton's death.

You can read more about her at The Poetry Foundation.

You can hear her read "September Songs, A Poem in Seven Days" about the days surrounding Sept. 11, 2001.

You can watch a video in the Poetry Breaks series where she talks about how she started writing.

You can watch this video from the Poet Vision series where she reads quite a bit of her poetry.

Finally, here's Lucille reading her poem Won't you celebrate with me.


  1. I was at the California Teachers of English conference yesterday and Native American poet Joy Harjo talked about Lucille Clifton at the beginning of her speech. She recited Clifton's poem, "Homage to My Hips," which is just wonderful.

  2. Her Everett Anderson books were so evocative and human, too.

  3. We have the children's picture book "The Boy who didn't believe in spring" by Clifton and we love it. Thank you for this post and especially for that last clip of "Won't You Celebrate With Me". Makes me shout AMEN.