‘won’t you celebrate with me’ by Lucille Clifton addresses racism and inherent gender inequality. The speaker has overcome every hurdle and modeled herself in her own image.
This poem is considered a powerful and significant poem in Lucille Clifton's body of work, and many readers and literary critics appreciate its themes of determination, resilience, and celebration of the self in the face of adversity. The poem's use of spare language, free verse structure, and straightforward tone also makes it accessible to a wide range of readers.
won't you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.