Lucille Clifton was born in Depew, New York, on June 27, 1936. Her first book of poems, Good Times (Random House, 1969), was rated one of the best books of the year by the New York Times.
Clifton remained employed in state and federal government positions until 1971, when she became a writer in residence at Coppin State College in Baltimore, Maryland, where she completed two collections: Good News About the Earth (Random House, 1972) and An Ordinary Woman (Random House, 1974).
She was the author of several other collections of poetry, including Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988–2000 (BOA Editions, 2000), which won the National Book Award; Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir 1969-1980 (BOA Editions, 1987), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; and Two-Headed Woman (University of Massachusetts Press, 1980), also a Pulitzer Prize nominee as well as the recipient of the University of Massachusetts Press Juniper Prize.
Clifton was also the author of Generations: A Memoir (Random House, 1976) and more than sixteen books for children, written expressly for an African-American audience.
Of her work, Rita Dove has written: “In contrast to much of the poetry being written today—intellectualized lyricism characterized by an application of inductive thought to unusual images—Lucille Clifton’s poems are compact and self-sufficient…Her revelations then resemble the epiphanies of childhood and early adolescence, when one’s lack of preconceptions about the self allowed for brilliant slippage into the metaphysical, a glimpse into an egoless, utterly thingful and serene world.”
Her honors include an Emmy Award from the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a Lannan Literary Award, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Shelley Memorial Award, the YM-YWHA Poetry Center Discovery Award, and the 2007 Ruth Lilly Prize.
In 1999, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She served as Poet Laureate for the State of Maryland from 1979 to 1985, and Distinguished Professor of Humanities at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
After a long battle with cancer, Lucille Clifton died on February 13, 2010, at the age of seventy-three.
I love watching comedy movies at home! Did I say I love watching comedy movies at home?! I can laugh as loud as I want to & rewind all the good parts so I can laugh all over again. There’s usually really good bonus features on the home video release so watching it at home is always the best way to go!
I’m not really into this genre of film, so I can multi-task while I watch these types of movies. There usually isn’t as much in-depth dialogue in science fiction moves, so I can definitely be distracted while I watch (or just listen) to these types of films.
I can be as sad as I want to be because I can watch these films all by myself. Watching a romantic film is best done with a glass of wine with no distractions. I can swoon or just take it all in when I’m all alone.
I get to really focus because I’m comfortable in my own home. I get to absorb every word, every line & every scene when I am on my couch & eating my favorite snacks.
This is the only type of film where I can actually learn something. If I’m watching from home, I can stop the film, rewind & take notes when need be. If I didn’t get something, I can pause until I figure it out. Or, if the documentary is intense I can always stop & pick it up another time when I’ve had some time to digest the parts I’ve already seen.
The only types of movies I prefer to watch in the movie theaters are horror & action films. I love the bigger screen and the sound effects that can only be found in a movie theater. I love being around other people when the superhero kicks the villains butt so we can all cheer together. With the IMAX-sized screen, everything really comes to life and makes the whole movie-going experience even better.
What is your favorite type of movie to watch at home?