Lynn Sherr reads "she lived" by Lucille Clifton

In celebration of National Poetry Month, every day we're posting a new poem from the spoken-word album Poetic License, a three-CD set that features one hundred performers of stage and screen reading one hundred poems selected by the actors themselves. From Shakespeare and Dickinson to Lucille Clifton and Allen Ginsberg, the lineup spans contemporary American poetry and classics of the Western canon.

Lucille Clifton (1936-2010) debuted to critical acclaim with her poetry collection Good Times (Random House, 1969) and went on to publish numerous books of verse, memoir, and children's literature, her most recent being the poetry collection Voices (BOA Editions, 2008). Clifton, whose honors include the National Book Award and the Ruth Lilly Prize, passed away in February.

Lynn Sherr is a broadcast journalist who has worked as a correspondent for 20/20, ABC News, and PBS. She is the author of the memoir Out of the Box (Rodale, 2006).

"she lived" from Poetic License produced by Glen Roven. Copyright © 2010 by GPR Records. Used with permission of GPR Records

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Poetry Challenge

by Staff

Need a dose of inspiration for your writing routine this April? Take our Poetry Challenge and try out a new writing prompt or poetry-related assignment every day during National Poetry Month.