Lucille Clifton was born 27 June 1936, and died 13 February 2010
- Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language.
- Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.
- You might as well answer the door, my child, the truth is furiously knocking.
- I don’t write out of what I know; I write out of what I wonder. I think most artists create art in order to explore, not to give the answers. Poetry and art are not about answers to me; they are about questions.
- What they call you is one thing. What you answer to is something else.
- People wish to be poets more than they wish to write poetry, and that’s a mistake. One should wish to celebrate more than one wishes to be celebrated.
- We cannot create what we can’t imagine.
Lucille Clifton was an American poet, writer, and educator. She was Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1979 to 1985. Her collections, Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir 1969-1980 and Two-Headed Woman, were both Pulitzer Prize nominees.