Great American poet and activist, Lucille Clifton, poet laureate of Maryland from 1979 to 1985, died of cancer and other illnesses yesterday at 73 years old.
Author of 11 acclaimed books of poetry, Clifton, a National Book Award winner
and a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, was best known for an unconventional poetry that took on conventional poetic themes of family, relationships, adversity, and community with humor and humanity.
Clifton once said that, "One should wish to celebrate more than to be celebrated." I had something different planned to celebrate Valentine's Day, but with this thought in mind, let's all hit the pause button on our lives for a few minutes and celebrate Valentine's Day with a video reading of two poems by Lucille Clifton.
See videos at LA Books Examiner.