By (author) Lucille Clifton
Voices by Lucille Clifton
Book DescriptionIn 2007, Lucille Clifton became the first African American woman to win the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, one of the most prestigious American poetry awards and one of the largest literary honors for work in the English language. Clifton has also won the National Book Award in poetry for Blessing the Boats (BOA Editions, 2000), and is the only author ever to have two collections, Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir (BOA Editions, 1987) and Next: New Poems (BOA Editions, 1987), named finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in one year. In Voices, Clifton continues her celebrated aesthetic of writing poems for the disempowered and the underprivileged while finding humor and redemption among life's many hardships. This book also highlights Clifton's ability to write inventive dramatic monologues. Voices includes monologues spoken by animals, as well as by the food product spokespeople Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben, and the apparently nameless guy on the Cream of Wheat box. "cream of wheat" sometimes at night we stroll the market aisles ben and jemima and me they walk in front humming this and that i lag behind trying to remove my chef's cap wondering what ever pictured me then left me personless rastus i read in an old paper that i was called rastus but no mother ever gave that to her son toward dawn we head back to our shelves our boxes ben and jemima and me we pose and smile i simmer to myself what is my name BOA Editions is thrilled to present the newest poetry collection by the one and only Lucille Clifton.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781934414125
(229mm x 152mm x 7mm)
Imprint: BOA Editions, Limited
Publisher: BOA Editions, Limited
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Lucille Clifton
Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010, Hardback (August 2012)
Landmark volume containing all of Lucille Clifton's published work and 55 previously unpublished poems. Foreword by Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison.
Quilting, Paperback (September 2000)
Brilliantly honed language, sharp rhythms and striking syntax empower Lucille Clifton's personal and artistic odyssey. Hers is poetry of birth, death, children, community, history, sexuality and spirituality, and she addresses these themes with passion, humor, anger and spiritual awe.
Blessing the Boats, Paperback (April 2000)
The long-awaited collection by one of the most distinguished poets working today.
Book of Light, Paperback / softback (July 1992)» View all books by Lucille Clifton
Twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, Clifton extends her already formidable powers of revelation with these new poems. Her song springs almost spontaneously from her imagination to stitch surreality with concrete imagery drawn from temporal reality, revealing an essential mystery and wisdom from within.
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Author Biography - Lucille Clifton
Lucille Clifton (1936-2010) was the 2007 recipient of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, as well as the 2010 Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America. Her final poetry collection, Voices, was published by BOA in September 2008. She was an award-winning poet, fiction writer, and author of children's books. Her poetry book, Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000, won the 2000 National Book Award for Poetry. Two of Clifton's BOA poetry collections, Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir 1969-1980, and, Next: New Poems, were chosen as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in 1988, the only author ever to have done so, while Clifton's, The Terrible Stories, was a finalist for the 1996 National Book Award. Clifton received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; an Emmy Award from the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; the Shelley Memorial Prize; and the Charity Randall Citation. She served as a Distinguished Professor of Humanities at St. Mary's College in Maryland. She was appointed a Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and elected as Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 1999.
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