Subseries 2.2a
Collected works, 1969-2008
Boxes 16-20; OP 2

Arrangement Note

When possible, poetry is arranged in chronological order by date of publication; individual poems within the work are arranged in alphabetical order. The final "proposed compilations" are in alphabetical order.

Good Times (1969)
Box Folder Content
16 1 Good Times, partial typescript draft
16 2 Good Times, partial typescript draft [variant title: New Thing]
16 3 Good Times, typescript draft [variant title: New Thing]
16 4 Good Times, typescript draft with title page and dedication
16 5 Good Times, page proofs
OP2 - Good Times, galley proof
16 6 Good Times, compilation "From 'Good Times'" typescript
Good News about the Earth (1972)
16 7 "The Lost Baby Poem," typescript draft July, 1969
16 8 "Poem for my Sisters," typescript draft June, 1969
16 9 Good News about the Earth, page proofs July 11, 1971
16 10 Good News about the Earth, page proofs
16 11 Good News about the Earth, galley proofs [1]
16 12 Good News about the Earth, galley proofs [2]
16 13 Good News about the Earth, book cover
an ordinary woman (1974)
16 14 "Cutting Greens," galley proof
16 15 "God's Mood," typescript October 8, 1973
16 16 "i am not done yet," typescript draft [variant title: "I Am a Black Woman"]
16 17 "The Lesson of the Falling Leaves," typescripts
16 18 "some dreams hang in the air," typescript October 8, 1973
16 19 "the thirty-eighth year," typescripts
16 20 "To Ms. Ann," typescripts
16 21 an ordinary woman, typescript [includes editorial correspondence]
16 22 an ordinary woman, typescript, February 28, 1974 [includes editorial correspondence]
16 23 an ordinary woman, typescript with dedication
16 24 an ordinary woman, [includes "Black People"] [with editorial correspondence]
16 25 an ordinary woman, book cover
two-headed woman (1980)
17 1 "sonora desert poem," typescript [variant titles: "The People who Live in the Desert See it all and Say Nothing," "Welcome to the Desert (You are not a Stranger Here)"
17 2 two-headed woman, typescript
17 3 two-headed woman, typescript [variant title: "The Light that came to Lucille Clifton"]
17 4 two-headed woman, typescript with corrections
17 5 two-headed woman, photocopied typescript
17 6 two-headed woman, galley proofs
good woman: poems and a memoir 1969-1980 (1987)
17 7 good woman poems and a memoir 1969-1980, table of contents
17 8 good woman poems and a memoir 1969-1980, proof copy
17 9 good woman poems and a memoir 1969-1980, galley proofs
17 10 good woman poems and a memoir 1969-1980, book cover and author bio page proofs
17 11 good woman poems and a memoir 1969-1980, book cover
Next: New Poems (1987)
17 12 "After Reading a Poem by Stephen Spendor," typescript drafts [not included in final publication] 1983
17 13 "california lessons" [includes "geography," "history," "botany," "semantics," and "metaphysics"]
17 14 "chemotherapy," typescript drafts
17 15 "cruelty: don't talk to me about cruelty," typescript draft
17 16 "the death of joanne c.," typescript drafts with corrections
17 17 "enter my mother," typescript drafts with corrections
17 18 "Female," typescript
17 19 "feast of women," typescript drafts [not included in final publication]
17 20 "here is another bone to pick with you," typescript draft
17 21 "if our grandchild be a girl," typescript drafts
17 22 "in white america," typescript
17 23 "incantation," typescript drafts with corrections [variant title: "leukemia as voodoo]
17 24 "leukemia as dream/ritual," typescript drafts with corrections
17 25 "leukemia as white rabbit," typescript drafts with corrections
17 26 "lives: to lu in answer to her question," typescript drafts
17 27 "the message of jo," typescript drafts with corrections
18 1 "the message of thelma sayles," typescript drafts
18 2 "my dream about the cows," typescript drafts
18 3 "my dream about time," typescript drafts
18 4 "my dream about the poet," typescript draft
18 5 "people who do not remember death," typescript draft [not included in final publication]
18 6 "she won't ever forgive me," typescript drafts
18 7 "to my dark daughters," typescript draft [not included in final publication]
18 8 "the woman in the camp," manuscript and typescript drafts
18 9 Next: New Poems, partial typescript draft [variant title: "Feast of Women"]
18 10 Next: New Poems, typescript [variant title: "Feast of Women"] [1]
18 11 Next: New Poems, typescript [variant title: "Feast of Women"] [2]
18 12 Next: New Poems, partial typescript draft [variant section heading: "mirrors and dreams"] 1981-1982
18 13 Next: New Poems, partial typescript draft [1]
18 14 Next: New Poems, partial typescript draft [2]
18 15 Next: New Poems, photocopied typescript
18 16 Next: New Poems, proof copy
18 17 Next: New Poems, galley proofs with corrections
18 18 Next: New Poems, book cover
ten oxherding pictures (1988)
18 19 "a meditation on Ten Oxherding Pictures," typescript, August 6, 2008 [reprinted for Voices (2008)]
18 20 "2nd picture: Seeing the Traces," typescript, August 6, 2008 [reprinted for Voices (2008)]
18 21 "5th picture: Herding the Ox," typescript, August 6, 2008 [reprinted for Voices (2008)]
18 22 "7th picture: The Ox Forgotten Leaving the Man Alone," typescript, August 6, 2008 [reprinted for Voices (2008)]
18 23 "10th picture: Entering the City with Bliss-Bestowing Hands," typescript, August 6, 2008 [reprinted for Voices (2008)]
18 24 ten-oxherding pictures, typescript, May 15-16, 1987 [originally filed in Series 5: Subject and organization files with "California State University Arts Faculty Institute"]
18 25 ten-oxherding pictures, galley proofs
18 26 ten-oxherding pictures, notes
Quilting: Poems 1987-1990 (1991)
18 27 "at the cemetery, walnut grove plantation, south carolina," manuscript, 1989
18 28 "eyes," typescript, May 1988 [originally filed in Series 5: Subject and organization files with "California State University Arts Faculty Institute"]
18 29 "note to my self," typescript draft [variant title: "note to myself: t-shirt] [includes editorial correspondence]
18 30 "poem in praise of menstruation," manuscript and typescripts [includes editorial correspondence]
18 31 "poem to my uterus," typescript
18 32 "when I stand around among the poets," typescript [originally filed in Series 5: Subject and organization files with "California State University Arts Faculty Institute"]
18 33 "wishes for sons," typescript, 1987 [originally filed in Series 5: Subject and organization files with "California State University Arts Faculty Institute"]
18 34 Quilting Poems: 1987-1990, partial typescript draft
18 35 Quilting Poems: 1987-1990, typescript with additional poems
19 1 Quilting Poems: 1987-1990, typescript with corrections
19 2 Quilting Poems: 1987-1990, typescript
19 3 Quilting: Poems: 1987-1990, page proofs with corrections
The Book of Light (1993)
19 4 "far memory: a poem in seven parts," typescript draft with corrections [includes "convent," "someone inside me remembers," "again," "trying to understand this life," "sinnerman," "karma," and "gloria mundi,"
19 5 "seeker of visions," typescript drafts
19 6 "wont you celebrate with me," typescript
19 7 The Book of Light, partial typescript draft with corrections
19 8 The Book of Light, typescript draft with corrections
19 9 The Book of Light, typescript
The Terrible Stories (1996)
19 10 "blake," typescript
19 11 "the coming of fox," typescript [variant title: "the coming of the fox"]
19 12 "dear fox," typescript
19 13 "down the tram," typescript, July 25, 1991
19 14 "a dream of foxes," manuscript and typescripts
19 15 "fox," typescript
19 16 "in the meantime," typescript
19 17 "in the same week," typescript drafts
19 18 "leaving fox," typescripts
19 19 "lorena," typescript drafts
19 20 "my sanctified grandmother," typescript, 1994 [variant title: "our sanctified grandmother]
19 21 "oh absolam my son my son," manuscript
19 22 "one year later," typescript
19 23 "rust," typescript, 1994
19 24 "slaveships," typescript [variant title: "slaveship"]
19 25 "what did she know, when did she know it," typescript
19 26 The Terrible Stories, partial typescript draft
19 27 The Terrible Stories, typescript draft
19 28 The Terrible Stories, partial page proofs with corrections
19 29 The Terrible Stories, book cover page proofs
19 30 The Terrible Stories, book cover
Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000 (2000)
19 31 "alabama 9/15/63," typescript draft [variant title: "alabama 1963"]
19 32 "dialysis," typescript
19 33 "donor," typescript [variant title: "transplant (1)"]
19 34 "grief," typescript
19 35 "jasper texas," typescripts
19 36 "libation," typescript
19 37 "report from the angel of eden," typescript drafts [variant titles: "report from eden," and "report from the angel"]
19 38 "what i think when i ride the train," typescript
- - "why some people be made at me sometimes," typescript [See Voices, partial typescript]
19 39 Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000, proof copy
Mercy (2004)
19 40 "blood," typescript [variant title: "girl"]
19 41 "dying," typescript
19 42 "the message from the ones" typescript draft [includes "your mother sends you this," "come to here," "you," "we are ones," "in the saying of," "we are here," "why should we wander boneyards," "you who feel yourself," "some of you have been blessed," "god," "the angels have no wings, "we," "in the geometry," "you are not," "you come to teach," "you wish to speak of," "the universe requires the worlds," "you have placed yourselves," "whether in spirit," "the air," "what has been made," "no one is worthy," "the patience," "there is a star"] [includes editorial correspondence]
19 43 "mulberry fields forever," typescript, no date [published under the title, "mulberry fields"]
19 44 "oh antic god," typescript draft
19 45 "out of body," typescripts
19 46 "September's Song: A Poem in Seven Days," typescript drafts, September 2001
19 47 "walking the blind dog," typescript
19 48 "wind on the st. marys river," "untitled," typescript, March 17, 2002
19 49 Mercy, typescript draft, no date [with attached letter to Maude Meehan]
20 1 Mercy, typescript draft with corrections
20 2 Mercy, typescript draft with corrections
20 3 Mercy, page proofs with corrections
20 4 Mercy, page proofs
Voices (2008)
20 5 "6/27/06," typescript drafts [variant title "June 27, 1981"]
20 6 "afterblues," manuscript and typescript drafts [one typescript originally filed with Series 4: Teaching and Workshop files, in folder "Squaw Valley Poetry Workshop, 2008]
20 7 "albino," typescript drafts, no date and January-February 2006
20 8 "aunt jemima," typescript drafts, no date and February 2006-August 2008 [one draft is attached to correspondence that also includes "faith" and uncollected poem, "ritual 1"]
20 9 "cream of wheat," typescript drafts, no date and August 4, 2008
20 10 "dad," typescript drafts, no date and May-August, 2008
20 11 "the dead do dream," typescripts, no date and June 19, 2006
20 12 "dog's god," typescript drafts, no date and January 9, 2008
20 13 "from the dead raccoon," typescript, no date [published as "raccoon prayer"]
20 14 "faith," manuscript and typescripts, no date and February-June, 2006 [also see "aunt jemima" typescript]
20 15 "for maude," typescript drafts, August 20, 2007 and August 4, 2008
20 16 "highway 89 toward Tahoe," typescript drafts, July 2005-August 2008 [variant title: "highway 89"] [originally filed with Series 4: Teaching and Workshop files, in folder "Squaw Valley Poetry Workshop"]
20 17 "in amira's room," typescript drafts, no date and February-June, 2006
20 18 "lu 1942," typescript drafts, no date and February-June, 2006 [variant title: "lou 1942"]
20 19 "'marley was dead to begin with'," typescript drafts, no date and July 1987 [one typescript originally filed in Series 5: Subject and organization files with "California State University Arts Faculty Institute"] [one typescript originally filed with Series 4: Teaching and Workshop files, in folder "Squaw Valley Poetry Workshop, 2008]
20 20 "mataoka," typescript [originally filed with Series 4: Teaching and Workshop files, in folder "Squaw Valley Poetry Workshop, 2008]
20 21 "mirror," typescript draft [variant title: "mirror the last"]
20 22 "my grandfather's good lullaby," typescript
20 23 "my father hasn't come back," typescript draft, no date and May 7, 2008 [variant title: "my father hasn't returned"] [one typescript originally filed with Series 4: Teaching and Workshop files, in folder "Squaw Valley Poetry Workshop, 2008]
20 24 "raccoon prayer," typescript draft
20 25 "raccoon prayer," typescript, no date
20 26 "sorrows," typescript draft
20 27 "this is what I know," typescript draft
20 28 "witko," typescript drafts, no date and April 17, 2008 [variant title: "Tushinka Witco"] [one typescript originally filed with Series 4: Teaching and Workshop files, in folder "Squaw Valley Poetry Workshop, 2008]
20 29 "'you have been my tried and trusted friend'," typescript drafts [originally filed with Series 4: Teaching and Workshop files, in folder "Squaw Valley Poetry Workshop, 2008]
20 30 Voices, partial typescript draft [includes "faith," "aunt jemima," "cream of wheat," "horse prayer," "raccoon prayer," "sorrows," and poems not present in the final version: "won't you celebrate with me," "why some people be made at me sometimes]
20 31 Voices, partial typescript draft [with editorial correspondence, August 9, 2008]
20 32 Voices, typescript [with editorial correspondence, October 12, 2006]
20 33 Voices, page proofs with corrections
20 34 Voices, page proofs
Proposed compilations
20 35 "Body Poems," photocopied proposed compilation, June 6, 1997
20 36 Book of Days, proposed compilation, typescript, no date
20 37 "Spirit Poems," photocopied proposed compilation, June 6, 1997
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