Poet: Lucille Clifton

won’t you celebrate with me by Lucille Clifton

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Rest in peace, Lucille Clifton.

The Killing of the Trees by Lucille Clifton

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Lucille Clifton in a 1990 public reading, worth watching not just for the excellent reading but for the lengthy introduction as well.

Mulberry Fields by Lucille Clifton

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Sad that it’s taken me this long to post something by one of my favorite poets, Lucille Clifton, but I’m not crazy about the animation here, by Jason Walczyk. Like many if not most of the animations sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, in its effort to make the poem accessible it ends up diminishing much of its mystery and power.

The text of the poem is here.