In Memoriam: Lucille Clifton 1936-2010

By Poetry Foundation


The Baltimore Sun reports that poet Lucille Clifton died over the weekend at the age of 73. She will be deeply missed.

In addition to being awarded the Ruth Lilly Prize by the Poetry Foundation in 2007, Clifton was a National Book Award winner and was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

You'll find an interview with Lucille Clifton, many of her poems, plus a podcast, and audio of her reading on the site as well.

Those new to her work may want to start with this article in which her longtime editor Thom Ward introduces six of Clifton's poems.

Originally Published: February 15th, 2010
  1. February 15, 2010
     Peter Greene

    =new to\r
    =thank you\r
    =links for dinner, sorry to see someone go, glad for their sake that epitaphs have sprung up all over. Glad for my sake to read their work. Hope someone reads me after I'm gone - that's the Beowulf weird and the only way to real fame. Although adulation is OK. In the today.\r
    respect in pacem\r


  2. February 16, 2010
     Edward Mycue

    Lucille Clifton will be so missed. A writer of and from my time and home area and so close to my heart, but a writer of poems that will last and enrich. Edward Mycue

  3. February 17, 2010
     james stotts