Clifton, Lucille

Primary Category: Literature / Poetry

Genre: Poem

Annotated by:
Aull, Felice
  • Date of entry: Dec-10-1996
  • Last revised: Dec-01-2006


A short poem about becoming comfortable with one's identity as a liberated black woman.


Clifton is an African-American poet whose work stands on its own but is also interesting to use in a discussion of cultural diversity, together with poems written by authors representing other ethnic groups, such as Li-Young Lee (Asian-American, see this database), Sandra Cisneros (Mexican-American, see this database), Linda Hogan (Native-American, see this database). The memoir portion of Clifton's book is worth reading and excerpts worth discussing together with these poems because they give a lyric sense of what it was like to be a young black woman from an uneducated family, who went on to become a professional author. Her experience is relevant to that of many immigrant or minority groups currently making their way in American society.

Primary Source

good woman: poems and a memoir, 1969-1980


BOA (paperback)

Place Published

Brockport, N.Y.