Sorrow Song, the Poet, I. at Gettysburg
I. AT GETTYSBURG
The poems of Lucille Clifton (1936–2010) reprise the African American experience. She also wrote wonderful poems about women, minorities, and the disadvantaged. Her poems are full of life—warm, funny, passionate, and sometimes mordant. When asked why so many of her poems were short, she said that if you were in the kitchen fixing dinner with a child hanging on each leg, your poems would be short too. She published 14 collections of poems and won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2000. “the poet,” “sorrow song,” and “I. at gettysburg” are from The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton. Copyright ©1974, 1987 by Lucille Clifton. Reprinted with permission from The Permissions Company, Inc., on behalf of BOA Editions Ltd., www.boaeditions.org.