Wild Blessings (Southern Literary Studies): The Poetry of Lucille Clifton

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"Holladay is especially good at placing Clifton's work in the traditions of American and English poetry. She reads it in dialogue with Paul Laurence Dunbar and William Carlos Williams, Gwendolyn Brooks, Adrienne Rich, and Sylvia Plath.... Holladay uncovers fresh biographical material, but her readings are as attentive to form as to content." — Cheryl A. Wall, author of Worrying the Line: Black Women Writers, Lineage, and Literary Tradition

"Holladay presents a glowing study of prolific poet, children's author, and educator Clifton, whose works celebrate black womanhood, the Bible, and the memories of loved ones." — Library Journal

"Highly recommended." — Choice

"Like the poet whose works she explores, [Holladay's] readings will not 'leave us alone.'" — Southern Literary Journal

In Wild Blessings, Hilary Holladay offers the first full-length study of Lucille Clifton's poetry, drawing on a broad knowledge of the American poetic tradition and African American poetry. Holladay places Clifton's poems in multiple contexts — personal, political, and literary — as she explicates major themes such as fertility, race, and gender, and analyzes specific works such as her poignant family history, Generations. In addition to a new preface written after Clifton's death in 2010, this updated edition includes an epilogue that discusses the poetry she published after 2004.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Holladay (English,Univ. of Massachusetts, Lowell) presents a glowing study of prolific poet, children's author, and educator Clifton, whose works celebrate black womanhood, the Bible, and the memories of loved ones. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807129876
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: Southern Literary Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Hilary Holladay is the author of American Hipster: A Life of Herbert Huncke, The Times Square Hustler Who Inspired the Beat Movement; Ann Petry; and the poetry collection The Dreams of Mary Rowlandson. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

1 Light years 7
2 Dark blessings 41
3 Song of herself 63
4 Plath, Clifton, and the myths of menstruation 83
5 The biblical poems 103
6 Diabolic dialogism in "brothers' 127
7 Elegies for Thelma 142
8 Concentric circles of selfhood in Generations 163
9 Lucille talks about Lucille : an interview 181
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