A wonderful poet, Lucille Clifton passed on February 13, 2010. A number of her poems, including "Harriet" and "slaveship," have been central to my thinking and teaching for years now.
Eugene B. Redmond, who has known Clifton since the 1980s and photographed her during that time, recently shared a few reflections about the times he interacted with Clifton. Redmond took the following photographs at the second Furious Flower Poetry Conference in 2004.
Note: Although Professor Redmond started photographing Clifton regularly during the 1980s, as he mentions in our interview, he actually met her during the 1960s. In fact, some of his earliest photographs of Clifton were taken during the 1970s.
More Clifton Videos
Celebrating with Lucille Clifton
Lucille Clifton's "slaveship"
Related content: Eugene B. Redmond and the EBR Collection