Poetry of Lucille Clifton

According to Jocelyn Moody, the contemporary poet Lucille Clifton was born on June 27, 1936 in Depew, NY. She was very smart and always proved it ever since she was young. As result, she graduated very young, at the age of sixteen. As soon as she graduated she graduated she received a scholarship to attend Howard University located in Washington, D.C. Two years after, in 1955 she transferred to the Fredonia State Teachers College. She met Fred Clifton; he thought philosophy at the University of Buffalo. The couple recited their vows on May 10, 1958. Their marriage was very successful and had six children together (“About Lucille”, par. 1-3). Her success as a poet came about according to “Lucille Clifton” when “Clifton sent some of her poems to poet Robert Hayden, who showed them to poet Carolyn Kizer, who sent them, in turn, to the YW-YMHA Poetry Center in New York City. That year Clifton won the center's Discovery Award, presented annually to a promising but undiscovered poet, and Random House published Good Times, her first book of poems, which was subsequently cited by the New York Times as one of the ten best books of the year” (“Lucille”, par. 8). Her collection was accepted by critics and led to many other accomplishments and recognition to Clifton as a poet. To add on to her resume she after becomes a professor in different colleges teaching creative writing for more than fifteen years (“Lucille”, par. 26). As stated by Jocelyn Moody, Unfortunately her husband Fred passed away on November 10, 1984 but this did not stop the poet (“About Lucille”, par. 8). She obtained many awards like National Endowment for the Arts in1969, the Coretta Scott King Award in 1994, The Cannon Literary Award for Poetry in 1997 to mention a few (“... ... middle of paper ... ...eone more powerful than her. The way that she used to see it was like John was above her, not anymore. This poem simply explains Lorena’s true feelings towards the situation. How by her taking action she becomes free of the being under the control and mistreatment of her husband. Works Cited Crimes Below the Belt: Penile Removal and Castration. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc, 2009. Trutv. Rachel Bel. Web. 15 Nov. 2009 "Domestic Violence Statistics." American Institute on Domestic Violence. Web. 15 Nov. 2009. . “Lorena”. The Seagull Reader. 2nd ed. Vol. Poems. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2008. Print. "Lucille Clifton." Contemporary Black Biography. Vol. 64. Gale, 2008. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2009.
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