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A Poem Whose Bony Fingers Won’t Let Go

Even if you’re not a regular reader of poetry, make sure you know the name Lucille Clifton and read a few of her poems. You won’t be sorry. Her poems are short and they don’t mess around.  She passed away in 2010, so we have a limited supply.

Here is my favorite Clifton poem (just make sure you read the title first):Sorrows by Lucille Clifton

The more I read this poem, the more I love it. It’s kind of creepy, imagining sorrows as living scars or skeletons which refuse to leave us alone. But it’s so true.

This link will lead you to her bio, a list of her publications, and links to a few more poems.

The Hurston Wright Foundation has nominated The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 for its 2013 Legacy Award.


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