Lesson plans and other teaching resources
Critical analysis of "brothers," by Lucille Clifton, links to other poems.
Brief biography and links to "blessing the boats," "cutting greens," "homage to my hips" (with audio file of the poet reading), "miss rosie," "sorrows," and "wishes for sons."
Video recorded March 17, 1988 at Central High School in Philadelphia, PA.
Video of Clifton reading "aunt jemima" and "afterblues" at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in 2006.
Video of Clifton reading "What Haunts Him" and "Sorrows" at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in 2008.
"The Luckiest Time of All"
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Downloadable audio file of the poem (0:49). Click on the title for the text of the poem.
Video clip of Clifton reading.
"won't you celebrate with me" by Lucille Clifton
Video of the poem reading her poem, analysis, and teaching tips.
"won't you celebrate with me"
Text of the poem and an audiofile of a reading by the poet. Follow links at the top for writing ideas, discussion questions, and teaching tips.
"won't you celebrate with me?"
In this short video, the poet reads her poem. Scroll down for analysis and teaching tips.