Happy birthday to Lucille Clifton

Today is Lucille Clifton‘s birthday. The poet was born in 1936 and died February 13th of this year.

“won’t you celebrate with me” by Lucille Clifton

won’t you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.


One response to “Happy birthday to Lucille Clifton

  1. Lucille Clifton is wonderful. I took a class on women and poetry and Clifton was a prominent figure. I didn’t know she died, though. Sad.

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