Tuesday, October 09, 2012

News at Eleven: In fact, one of the pleasures of visiting

[Lucille] Clifton at such length is that you get to watch her growing in range, skill, and vision while also becoming more vulnerable. That evolution is especially apparent in the way she portrays human bodies. Few poets have written as powerfully about the mess and marvel of human flesh, and over time you can see Clifton's confidence making room for fear and weakness, her poems, in their skillfulness, increasingly uprooting powers beyond her (or anyone's) control.

from Slate: The Wheat and the Chaff


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