- Alabama 9/15/63
Lucille Clifton: A Special Section
Have you heard the one about the shivering lives, the never to be borne daughters and sons,
the one about Cynthia and Carole and Denise and Addie Mae?
Have you heard the one about the four little birds shattered into skylarks in the white light of Birmingham?
Have you heard how the skylarks, known for their music, swooped into heaven, how the sunday morning strains shook the piano, how the blast is still too bright to hear them play?
Lucille Clifton, who has won many prizes for her work, is author of thirty-two books of poetry for adults and prose for young readers. She is the only poet with two books as finalist for the Pulitzer Prize during the same year. She is currently Distinguished Professor of Humanities at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She has also served as Blackburn Professor of Creative Writing at Duke University and as Poet Laureate of Maryland.