The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 is generating a lot of buzz!
Library Journal‘s September 1 starred review notes, “Clifton, National Book Award Winner and the author of eighteen children’s books as well as this substantial body of poems, imagined for those who couldn’t or wouldn’tthe racist, the incestuous father, the victim, the tired, the poor, the overlooked, the dead, and her own buried self.”
Booklist also reviewed the book on September 1 saying, “Clifton’s deceptively spare poems work a complexly powerful spell as she draws us in and unleashes her barbed, saucy, tonic, and detonating responses to life’s beauty, cruelty, irony, and power.”
Billy Burgos and Afaa Michael Weaver will discuss Clifton on the September 5th Blog Talk Radio program Word Ballast. Kyle Minor at the Big Other included the book on his list of the 50 “Literary Pillars,” right up there with the Bible and William Shakespeare’s collected works.