Tuesday, January 01, 2013

News at Eleven: [Lucille Clifton's] words and perspective

are direct and unadorned, because Clifton writes with the authority of one who has not just witnessed but survived those losses. Her insight and honesty give the work its backbone, and as "good times” progress, she begins to sound like a matriarch watching over the whole community.

With each successive book, Clifton's voice becomes stronger, and her "community” becomes larger and broader.

from The Christian Science Monitor: The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010


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