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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 collection ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by BOA Editions Ltd.
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Helen
In this collection, Clifton gives voice to characters who cannot speak...including some very interesting words from marketing icons like "Aunt Jemima" of syrup fame or Uncle Ben of the instant rice world. My favorite was "Cream of Wheat." Her take is both funny and pointed. Why are these marketing icons still with us? Even Betty Crocker gets updated every ten years! That these African American characters are still living on our grocery shelves says something about us as society.
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Cheryl
VOICES by Lucille Clifton – BOA Editions, Ltd. – 978-1-934414-12-5 / 54pps / $16.00

Winner of the National Book Award
Clifton writes the truths of social injustice .. she writes to the very the depths of love .. she sings in harmony. She is.
This collection begins in the voices of the subservient, downtrodden, subdued , and persecuted .. be they animals, native Americans, children .. all essentially slaves. All living their lives as intended until man comes along and decides they should be contr
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Emily
This collection of poems by Lucille Clifton has a focus on individual identity, especially female identity. It touches on breaking free from oppression. In very short lines and very few words, Clifton says so much. As a poet, I have learned from her work that, most of the time, less is more. Each and every word carries a lot of weight.

Stylistically, the most interesting thing I noted about Clifton’s poems is the lack of capitalization and punctuation. There are no periods and not a single comma
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Stephen
This is such an amazing book. Clifton discusses the oppressed, relating her experiences as an African American to her ancestors, product mascots, and Native Americans. The last section is the most memorable, as it serves as an exercise in zen buddhism. As what poetry ought to be, the words in Clifton's book flows like calm water: relaxing, soothing, perfect.
Merri-Todd Webster
Another lovely collection from Clifton, quiet and lyrical poems with an insight or a sting. I was, however, somewhat puzzled by a series of poems on the Ox-Herding Pictures that she admitted she wrote without knowing about the pictures.
MshMsh
Rich poetry. Once you start reading Lucille Clifton's poems, you can't stop. This collection has an impact - though I prefer "Blessing of the boats".
Cynthia Manick
Amazing!! The simplicity of this book surprised me. I'm impressed that she can be so powerful in a limited amount of space.
solidad
Amazing as always - Mercy is still my favorite, though. If you don't know her work, I definitely recommend checking her out.
Kristin
A generous collection.
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Lucille Clifton was an American poet, writer, and educator from New York. Common topics in her poetry include the celebration of her African American heritage, and feminist themes, with particular emphasis on the female body.

She was the first person in her family to finish high school and attend college. She started Howard University on scholarship as a drama major but lost the scholarship two yea
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Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems, 1988-2000 Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir 1969-1980 The Book of Light Quilting: Poems 1987-1990 Mercy

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