Poet Lucille Clifton Recalls a Life of Well-Chosen Words African American poet Lucille Clifton's first book of poems Good Times was cited by the New York Times as one of 1969's 10 best books. She recently became the first black woman to win the prestigious Lilly Poetry Prize, which rewards lifetime achievement. Clifton talks to Farai Chideya about her life, legacy and plainspoken way with words.
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Poet Lucille Clifton Recalls a Life of Well-Chosen Words

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Poet Lucille Clifton Recalls a Life of Well-Chosen Words

Poet Lucille Clifton Recalls a Life of Well-Chosen Words

Poet Lucille Clifton Recalls a Life of Well-Chosen Words

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African American poet Lucille Clifton's first book of poems Good Times was cited by the New York Times as one of 1969's ten best books, and she recently became the first black woman to win the prestigious Lilly Poetry Prize, which rewards lifetime achievement. Clifton talks to Farai Chideya about her life, legacy and plainspoken way with words, including wishes for sons:

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wishes for sons

i wish them cramps.

i wish them a strange town

and the last tampon.

i wish them no 7-11.

i wish them one week early

and wearing a white skirt.

i wish them one week late.

later i wish them hot flashes

and clots like you

wouldn't believe. let the

flashes come when they

meet someone special.

let the clots come

when they want to.

let them think they have accepted

arrogance in the universe,

then bring them to gynecologists

not unlike themselves.