Death of Lucille Clifton

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Lucille Clifton

The Baltimore Sun has details:

Former [Maryland] state poet laureate Lucille Clifton, a National Book Award winner whose work was lauded for its “moral quality,” died Saturday at  Johns Hopkins Hospital after a long battle with cancer and other illnesses. She was 73.

With a mix of profundity, earthiness and humor – amply evident in her 11 books of poetry – Ms. Clifton often defied conventional notions of poetic expression, but in many ways her themes were traditional, Wallace R. Peppers wrote in the Dictionary of Literary  Biography.

The full Sun article is available here.

Clifton frequently wrote about women’s experiences.  Some of her well-known poems addressed experiences with menstruation, aging and infertility.

Her beautiful voice is now too silent too soon.

-Bridget Crawford

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