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By Mary Jane Lupton

Writing and composing with honesty and humanism, Lucille Clifton is understood for her topics of the physique, relations, neighborhood, politics, womanhood, and the spirit. whereas a lot of her paintings offers with the African American event, she doesn't restrict herself to that standpoint, addressing issues universal to all ladies, to every body. This well timed and significant biography will supply readers a glimpse into the existence and paintings of this crucial and respected African American poet, author, and educator, exploring topics that run all through her writing, in addition to the private stumbling blocks she confronted and overcame.Lucille Clifton used to be born in Depew, manhattan, in 1936. this present day, she is without doubt one of the most vital and respected African American poets, writers, and educators within the state. as well as numerous works of poetry, she has written greater than 15 kid's books. Her paintings has been nominated for 3 Pulitzer Prizes and nationwide publication Awards, certainly one of which she received for Blessing the Boats: New and chosen Poems 1988-2000 in 2000. In 1999, she used to be appointed and continues to be a Chancellor of the yankee Academy of Poets, the most prestigious honors in American letters. between her top identified works is the poem omit rosie, anthologized again and again over and a customary a part of highschool curriculums. She has received an Emmy award, a Lannan Literary Award, fellowships from the nationwide Endowmant for the the humanities, and lots of different prestigious awards. Writing and composing with honesty and humanism, Clifton is understood for her topics of the physique, relations, neighborhood, politics, womanhood, and the spirit. whereas a lot of her paintings bargains with the African American adventure, she doesn't restrict herself to that standpoint, addressing subject matters universal to all girls, to every body. This biography covers Clifton's existence and paintings, addressing issues that run all through her writing in addition to the private hindrances she confronted and overcame, together with her personal faultering future health. This well timed and demanding biography will supply readers a glimpse into the lifetime of considered one of America's most vital, influential, and enduring writers.

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Qxd 5/9/06 8:21 AM Page 31 Children and Other Good News 31 [Elaine] is the pretty one,” Good Woman 18) in a poem that reveals the poet’s insecurity about her own appearance. ” These women fry chickens, do the ironing, sweep the stairs, and grieve “for their still alive sons / for their sons coming / for their sons gone / just pushing” (Good Woman 32). The vision in “for deLawd” is more secular than religious, with the last word, pushing, suggesting survival through the mother’s birthing or “pushing” forth of new generations of sons.

The conflicts generated by these stories are real rather than fantastic, as Everett Anderson adjusts to an absent father and a working mother. The losses evoked in the story are focused on human beings instead of, as is more typical in American children’s books, on dogs, or kittens, or baby deer. qxd 5/9/06 8:21 AM Page 36 36 Lucille Clifton the five stages of Everett Anderson’s Goodbye. Other books have a similar sequential development; for example, nine months of his mother’s pregnancy or five stages of mourning.

Although she had already lost both parents, it was the loss of Fred that most affected Lucille Clifton’s middle years. With Fred gone, she was left a widow with six children, the youngest being Alexia, who was almost nineteen when her father died. The blow was somewhat softened by the fact that Lucille was by then a fairly well-known poet and educator, with a job waiting for her at the University of California at Santa Cruz. qxd 5/9/06 8:20 AM Page 26 26 Lucille Clifton gone, if not in spirit at least in fact.

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