Lucille Clifton

po_Clifton-LucilleLucille Clifton (June 27, 1936 – February 13, 2010) was an American writer and educator.

From 1979 to 1985 she was Poet Laureate of Maryland. Common topics in her poetry include the celebration of her African American heritage, and feminist themes, with particular emphasis on the female body.


HOLY NIGHT
Lucille Clifton

joseph, i afraid of stars,
their brilliant seeing.
so many eyes. such light.
joseph, i cannot still these limbs,
i hands keep moving toward i breasts,
so many stars. so bright.
joseph, is wind burning from east
joseph, i shine, oh joseph oh
illuminated night.