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Good Woman

Good Woman

Poems and a Memoir 1969-1980

Lucille Clifton
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A landmark collection by one of America's major black poets, Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir 1969-1980 includes all of Lucille Clifton's first four published collections of extraordinary vibrant poetry—Good Times, Good News About the Earth, An Ordinary Woman, and Two-Headed Woman—as well as her haunting prose memoir, Generations.


Lucille Clifton (1936 - 2010) was an award winning poet, fiction writer, and author of children's books. Her poetry collection, Blessing the Boats: New & Selected Poems 1988-2000 (BOA, 2000), won the National Book Award for poetry. In 1988 she became the only author to have two collections selected in the same year as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir (BOA, 1987), and Next: New Poems (BOA, 1987). In 1996, her collection The Terrible Stories (BOA, 1996), was a finalist for the National Book Award. Among her many other awards and accolades are the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Frost Medal, and an Emmy Award. In 2013, her posthumously published collection The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 (BOA, 2012), was awarded the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry.


  • Publisher: ‎BOA Editions Ltd.; Edition Unstated (November 1, 1987)
  • Language: ‎English
  • Paperback: ‎276 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎0918526590
  • ISBN-13: ‎9780918526595
  • Item Weight: ‎15 ounces
  • Dimensions: ‎5.9 x 0.3 x 9 inches
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