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Episode 61 - Poetry Explication #3: "sorrow song" by Lucille Clifton


Lucille Clifton brought power and poise with her pen.  She wrote words that moved us and shook us.  Today's poem is no exception.  Crafted in an interesting fashion with a compelling message, Clifton challenges us to remember that children are ALWAYS watching.  What are they being shown?


28 Jul 2021

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Annual Lucille Clifton Celebration: Today We Are Possible

Enoch Pratt Free Library Podcast

On the anniversary of Lucille Clifton’s passing, join Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Clifton House in a celebration of her generous spirit and writing. Our esteemed featured speaker is Natasha Trethewey. Natasha Trethewey served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014). She is the author of five collections of poetry, Monument (2018), which was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award; Thrall (2012); Native Guard (2006), for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002); and Domestic Work (2000), which was selected by Rita Dove as the winner of the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African American poet and won both the 2001 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize and the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Poetry. She is also the author of the memoir Memorial Drive (2020). Her book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. At Northwestern University she is a Board of Trustees Professor of English in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. In 2012 she was named Poet Laureate of the State of Mississippi and and in 2013 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Recorded On: Saturday, February 13, 2021

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16 Feb 2021

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Celebrating Black History: Lucille Clifton and Gordon Parks

Popping The Bubble

Happy Black History Month! We are so excited to kick off this "Celebrating Black History" series for you all! In this episode we gave a brief history of Black history and its significance. Additionally, we talked about the legacies that Lucille Clifton and Gordon Parks left behind as a poet and photographer. We hope you enjoy! Tune in next Sunday for the next addition to this series. And go celebrate Black history!


7 Feb 2021

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Lucille Clifton: Racism & Legacy

Emotion Put Into Measure: Poetry Matters

History's absences live today, as Clifton's imagination proves. From the plantation to Rodney King & the L.A. Riots.


26 Nov 2020

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Lucille Clifton: Generations & Terrible Stories

Emotion Put Into Measure: Poetry Matters

Her work is vast, profound, everyday yet omnipresent, reviving history, multidimensional, impossible to categorize, and simply mesmerizing. This is the beginning of an impossible journey.

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9 Nov 2020

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Aracelis Girmay: “How to Carry Water: Selected Poems of Lucille Clifton”


“How to Carry Water: Selected Poems of Lucille Clifton,” edited by Aracelis Girmay, is a literary special treat.


17 Sep 2020

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Foremothers | Day 13 | Lucille Clifton

GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp

Lucille Clifton was the GOAT. The fact that we are not all walking around quoting her like we do Jay-Z or Drake is beyond understanding. She could have stepped into a booth with either of them, holding a cup of chamomile tea, and whispered two bars (because she liked to get to the point), drop the mic and walk out. It would have been over. Her words are so stunning. So precise. So full of celebration for Black people. You could quote only Lucille Clifton poems for the rest of your Instagram life and you would never run out of profound things to say. And this masterful body of work came from a woman who wrote for 30 years before being published. A woman who had six children and buried two, but still kept on living and producing beautiful art.  There is so much to learn from this legendary writer. Don't miss the conversations. Join the 21 Day Black History Bootcamp at https://bit.ly/blackhistorybootcamp to receive specially curated emails with inspiring words, survival tips, speeches + dedicated songs to listen to for each featured legendary Black woman.Disclaimer: We do not own the rights to the music or speech excerpt played during this broadcast. Original content can be found here:“Won't You Celebrate With Me” | Lucille Clifton: https://vimeo.com/197834578Lucille Clifton & Sonia Sanchez: Mirrors & Windows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8aCnU9oArI


17 Jun 2020

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Social Listening Edition | Poetry Workshop featuring poems by Lucille Clifton & Marcus Jackson

The Real Hoodwives of Chicago

Join us for a check in and writing session in honor of “Easter Sunday Dinner.”lists:1. list of comfort foods/drinks/treats?2. who do these dishes belong to? who are the chefs/makers of your family?3. who are the characters of your family partaking in these homemade fixing4. feelings/memories connected with these homemade fixings?prompts:write a poem for the prepping of one of your favorite homemade fixings?write an ode to one of your favorite homemade fixings?poems heard in this episode:“cutting greens” by Lucille Clifton (as found in The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton; reprinted & republished by BOA Editions, Ltd. 1987/2015) (audio reading courtesy of Poetry Foundation, read by Lucille Clifton)“Ode to Kool-Aid” by Marcus Jackson (as found in Neighborhood Register; Cavankerry Press, 2011)#whatsyourthotjuice--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hoodwivesofchi/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hoodwivesofchi/support


12 Apr 2020

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Episode #081 - [at last we killed the roaches] - Lucille Clifton

Close Talking: A Poetry Podcast

Connor and Jack look at a poem by the great, late Lucille Clifton. They discuss the human capacity for violence, roaches in the big apple, dual voicings of memory, and the poem's incredible last sentence.More on Clifton here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/lucille-cliftonCheck out her Collected Poems here: https://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/12/books/the-collected-poems-of-lucille-clifton-1965-2010.html[at last we killed the roaches]By: Lucille Cliftonat last we killed the roaches.mama and me. she sprayed,i swept the ceiling and they felldying onto our shoulders, in our haircovering us with red. the tribe was broken,the cooking pots were ours againand we were glad, such cleanliness was gracewhen i was twelve. only for a few nights,and then not much, my dreams were bloodmy hands were blades and it was murder murderall over the place.Find us on Facebook at: facebook.com/closetalking
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8 Nov 2019

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Episode 27: Chicago Youth Poet Laureate Kara Jackson on Black Feminist Embodiment, Lucille Clifton, and Musical Influences

The Poetry Vlog (TPV): A Poetry, Arts, & Social Justice Teaching Channel

Chicago Youth Poet Laureate Kara Jackson reads hers and Lucille Clifton's work and then discusses Black feminist embodiment and musical influences -- including but not limited to Jamila Woods, Marvin Gaye, and Joni Mitchell. In the words of Terrance Hayes: "“Kara is amazing! She’s a terrific writer of course in the poems but in the prose too. Style plus insight.” Finally: special shout out to Dr. Camea Davis, Urban Word NYC, and The National Youth Poet Laureate Program (see links below) for putting together such a rad collaboration. On Kara Jackson -- Kara Jackson is the daughter of country folks. She is the Youth Poet Laureate of Chicago. Her work investigates a trail of language that leads from the South to the North. Through a multidisciplinary approach, Jackson attempts to document her lineage of divine womanhood in a country that demands its erasure. She is a product of the literary bloodline created by women like Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Joan Baez. Jackson is an alum of the solo voice jazz ensemble at Merit School of Music. Jackson received the Scholastic Art and Writing Award for her short story Nursery Rhymes, which won a silver medal at the national level. She is an Adroit Journal mentee. Jackson is an alum of the Spoken Word Club at Oak Park River Forest High school. She represented the school in the Louder Than a Bomb festival from 2016-2018, and in her final year performed on final stage at the Auditorium Theatre, where she was granted the Literary Award by Patricia Smith. Her poems have appeared in POETRY, Frontier Poetry, Rookie Mag, Nimrod Literary Journal, and Saint Heron. She has two articles published in Blavity. She has two poems featured in the latest anthology edited by Kevin Coval, The End of Chiraq. Jackson is a TEDx speaker. She will attend Smith College in the fall of 2019. For more: (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/kara-jackson)// Kara's TEDx Talk: (bit.ly/KJTEDx) // VS Podcast: (bit.ly/karavs)// Follow Kara at: (https://www.instagram.com/fridahalo/) + (https://twitter.com/fridahalo?lang=en). On The National Youth Poet Laureate Program: (youthlaureate.org) // (urbanwordnyc.org).  ● The Poetry Vlog is a YouTube Channel and Podcast dedicated to building social justice coalitions through poetry, pop culture, cultural studies, and related arts dialogues. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to join our fast-growing arts & scholarship community (youtube.com/c/thepoetryvlog?sub_confirmation=1). Connect with us on Instagram (instagram.com/thepoetryvlog), Twitter (twitter.com/thepoetryvlog), Facebook (facebook.com/thepoetryvlog), and our website (thepoetryvlog.com).--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app


10 Mar 2019