The Book of Light

The Book of Light

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by Lucille Clifton
     
 

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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

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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

Editorial Reviews

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).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556590528
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Publication date:
07/01/1992
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
685,843
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(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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The Book of Light 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.