August 09, 2012
The Collected Clifton is 'a gift...for all of us' - The Washington Post
The Washington Post turned their book pages over to poetry yesterday and The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 was the star. Calling her works “small, precise, and chiseled,” the review aptly notes the synonymy between the personal and the political in Ms. Clifton’s poetry, as well as the complexity and intelligence thriving beneath a guise of simplicity.
While her poetry is often associated with the African American experience, The Washington Post calls that characterization “limiting and unfair,” claiming that her later works extend “beyond the interests or history of any particular cultural community.” Instead, her innovative poetry seeks to “express an increasingly broad scope of voices, drawn from history, from myth, from her copious imagination…”
We invite you to celebrate with us what The Washington Post is calling “a gift, not just for her fans…but for all of us.”