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Publisher Comments:

In 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.

Review:

"National Book Award — winner Clifton has long enjoyed national acclaim for her careful, colloquial, compact renditions of African-American voices, in memoirs, books for children and more than a dozen books of poems. This relatively short new collection excels in its opening pages, with wry comic verse in the voices of Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben and a devout raccoon: 'oh Master Of All Who Take and Wash/ And Eat lift me away.' Clifton's more serious poems, where she speaks as herself, address her late parents, her delights as a grandmother and her mixed feelings about memory and her own body as she begins her eighth decade. A visionary sequence of very brief lyric works, 'A Meditation on Ten Oxherding Pictures,' winds the volume up: 'i am lucille who masters ox/ ox is the one lucille masters/ hands caution me again/ what can be herded/ is not ox.' Where Clifton's earlier poetry sought strength in African-American oral traditions, these poems look even further back, to the origin of writing (where a sketch of an ox became an aleph, then an 'A'). Clifton (Mercy) retains an undeniable sincerity, an openness to her own emotions, and a rare warmth." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A new collection of empathetic and illuminating poems by one of America's most-beloved poets.

About the Author

Lucille Clifton won the 2007 Ruth Lilly Poetry Award. Her book, Blessing the Boats (BOA Editions), won the 2000 National Book Award for Poetry. Two of Clifton's BOA poetry collections were chosen as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. Clifton's awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and an Emmy Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781934414125
Author:
Clifton, Lucille
Publisher:
BOA Editions
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
Poetry/African American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
American Poets Continuum
Series Volume:
112
Publication Date:
20081131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
72
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.3 in 4 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "National Book Award — winner Clifton has long enjoyed national acclaim for her careful, colloquial, compact renditions of African-American voices, in memoirs, books for children and more than a dozen books of poems. This relatively short new collection excels in its opening pages, with wry comic verse in the voices of Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben and a devout raccoon: 'oh Master Of All Who Take and Wash/ And Eat lift me away.' Clifton's more serious poems, where she speaks as herself, address her late parents, her delights as a grandmother and her mixed feelings about memory and her own body as she begins her eighth decade. A visionary sequence of very brief lyric works, 'A Meditation on Ten Oxherding Pictures,' winds the volume up: 'i am lucille who masters ox/ ox is the one lucille masters/ hands caution me again/ what can be herded/ is not ox.' Where Clifton's earlier poetry sought strength in African-American oral traditions, these poems look even further back, to the origin of writing (where a sketch of an ox became an aleph, then an 'A'). Clifton (Mercy) retains an undeniable sincerity, an openness to her own emotions, and a rare warmth." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
A new collection of empathetic and illuminating poems by one of America's most-beloved poets.
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