Poet Lucille Clifton's sly humor
Lucille Clifton, the widely anthologized poet who died Feb. 13 at age 73, was descended from slaves and wrote many poems that addressed indignities and injustices in African Americans' lives. But the mother of six also was noted for her humor, which she directed at subjects not usually considered inspirational, including hot flashes and menstruation.
Her earthy wit powers her "wishes for sons":
-- Elaine Woo
Photo: Lucille Clifton in 2000. Credit: Associated Press