Other literary forms
In addition to her poetry, Lucille Clifton wrote prose, often for children but also for adults. Generations: A Memoir (1976), is included as a part of Good Woman. She began publishing books for children in 1970 with Some of the Days of Everett Anderson, short poems in a picture-book format that spawned a series about the life of a young black boy. The Times They Used to Be (1974) is written as a narrative poem. She wrote other picture books in prose: The Boy Who Didn’t Believe in Spring (1973), All Us Come Cross the Water (1973), My Brother Fine with Me (1975), Three Wishes (1976), and Amifika (1977), as well as a short novel, The Lucky Stone (1979). In response to questions her own six children had, Clifton wrote The Black BC’s (1970), an alphabet book that blends poetry with prose. A departure from her usual perspective, Sonora Beautiful (1981) features a white girl as the protagonist.