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Lucille Clifton was born in Depew, New York in 1936, and educated at the State University of New York at Fredonia and at Howard University. Her awards include the Juniper Prize for Poetry, two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, an Emmy Award from the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has taught at the University of California at Santa Cruz and American University in Washington, D.C. and is Distinguished Professor of ...

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Lucille Clifton was born in Depew, New York in 1936, and educated at the State University of New York at Fredonia and at Howard University. Her awards include the Juniper Prize for Poetry, two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, an Emmy Award from the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has taught at the University of California at Santa Cruz and American University in Washington, D.C. and is Distinguished Professor of Humanities at St. Marys College of Maryland.

"In the extraordinary work of The Book of Light she [Clifton] flies higher and strikes deeper than ever. Poem after poem exhilarates and inspires awe at the manifestation of such artistic and spiritual power…One of the most authentic and profound living American poets."—Denise Levertov

"Clifton’s latest collection clearly demonstrates why she was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. These poems contain all the simplicity and grace readers have come to expect from her work."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Other titles by Lucille Clifton from Consortium:
Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000 (BOA Editions), 1-880238-88-8 PB • 1-880238-87-X HC
Good Woman (BOA Editions), 0-918526-59-0 PB
Next (BOA Editions), 0-918526-61-2 PB
Quilting (BOA Editions), 0-918526-81-7 PB
terrible stories (BOA Editions), 1-880238-37-3 PB • 1-880238-36-5 HC

Twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, Clifton extends her already formidable powers of revelation with these new poems. Her song springs almost spontaneously from her imagination to stitch surreality with concrete imagery drawn from temporal reality, revealing an essential mystery and wisdom from within.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Clifton's ( Quilting ) latest collection clearly demonstrates why she was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. These poems contain all the simplicity and grace readers have come to expect from her work. The first few pages set the title in a larger perspective at the same time that they announce the book's premise: ``woman, i am / lucille, which stands for light.'' This is a feminist version of Roots , charged with outrage at the sins done to women of previous generations. There are the typical heroes and anti-heroes: Atlas, Sisyphus, Leda, biblical women--but even these tired figures are given a new, often comic, twist: Naomi, for example, doesn't want Ruth's devotion, just to be left alone to ``grieve in peace''; several poems are addressed to Clark Kent as the speaker comes to terms with the realization that he doesn't have the power to save her after all. And what do today's women have instead of superheroes? Jesse Helms; fathers who ``burned us all.'' Though it is based more or less in traditional Christianity, the poetry also is concerned with how spirituality can be personal. Low key and poignant, poem after poem takes the form of a conversation, whether woman to her dead parents, Lucifer to God, or poet to reader. (Mar.)
Library Journal
A 1996 National Book Award nominee for The Terrible Stories, African American poet Clifton writes with "the passion of a born survivor" The Book of Light, LJ 2/15/93.
Pat Monaghan
Her first name means "light," and this book is Clifton's lavish improvisation on that theme. In her signature short poems, Clifton continues her exploration of what it means to be "born in Babylon / both nonwhite and woman," finding a fierce joy in her very survival: "come celebrate / with me that everyday / something has tried to kill me / and has failed." In this book there is the light of fires, including the firebombing that destroyed the Philadelphia Move House in 1985 and the "smart" bombing of Baghdad; there is the fire that sparks wild and loving eyes; there is the fire of passion and of fury. In its sweep, its consistency, and its power, this is one of Clifton's finest works.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556590511
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1993
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Lucille Clifton (1936-2010) 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.

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Table of Contents

Light 7
climbing 11
june 20 12
daughters 13
sam 14
my lost father 15
thel 16
imagining bear 17
c.c. rider 18
11/10 again 19
she lived 20
for roddy 21
them and us 22
the women you are accustomed to 23
song at midnight 24
won't you celebrate with me 25
it was a dream 29
each morning I pull myself 30
here yet be dragons 31
the yeti poet returns to his village to tell his story 32
crabbing 33
the earth is a living thing 34
move 35
samson predicts from gaza the philadelphia fire 37
january 1991 38
dear jesse helms 39
if I should 41
further note to clark 42
begin here 43
night vision 44
fury 45
cigarettes 46
final note to clark 47
note, passed to superman 48
the rough weight of it 49
seeker of visions 53
nothing about the moment 54
atlas 55
sarah's promise 56
naomi watches as ruth sleeps 57
cain 58
leda 1 59
leda 2 60
leda 3 61
far memory 62
brothers 69
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2006

    Superb

    One of the best African-American poets today. The poetry is excellent for illustrating the struggles of woman. She's a beautiful,fierce, ambitious, and an intense writer.Also, she does a great job of writing about different characters in the bible.

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