2014-04-30 13:20:11

Your Daily Poem: Lucille Clifton

Ed. note: For National Poetry Month, we’re highlighting one feminist poem each day in April. See the whole series here.


Today’s poem is “won’t you celebrate with me?” by the great Lucille Clifton.



won’t you celebrate with me


won’t you celebrate with me

what i have shaped into

a kind of life? i had no model.

born in babylon

both nonwhite and woman

what did i see to be except myself?

i made it up

here on this bridge between

starshine and clay,

my one hand holding tight

my other hand; come celebrate

with me that everyday

something has tried to kill me

and has failed.


“won’t you celebrate with me” appears in The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton, 1991.


sm-bio Syreeta McFadden is a co-curator of Poets In Unexpected Places.


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