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NPR's "All Things Considered" Tribute to Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton. Photo credit Mark Lennihan/AP.David Gura from NPR's "All Things Considered" put together a beautiful tribute to Lucille that was broadcasted last weekend. The piece begins: "As a girl growing up in the 1940s on Lake Erie, Lucille Clifton never thought she would become a poet. "The only poets I ever saw were the portraits that hung on the walls in elementary school in Buffalo, N.Y.," she said in 1993. "Old, dead white men, with beards, from New England." Clifton did not look like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow or John Greenleaf Whittier or Walt Whitman. She was a woman and an African-American, and later, a wife and a mother of six children. But Clifton did become a poet — and after a long, successful career, she died on Feb. 13 at age 73 from complications from cancer." You can listen to the entire broadcast here [NPR Tribute to Lucille Clifton]

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