October 17, 2012
NY Times review of The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton + Photos from Dodge
On October 11, the New York Times ran a review of The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010. While the review, by Dwight Garner, called out for a smaller edition of Lucille’s poems (a missed opportunity to draw attention to Lucille’s National Book Award-winning Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000), he also found much to praise in this new, landmark edition:
“In an afterword, one of the book’s editors, the poet Kevin Young, notes that a few works were fished from a file that Clifton had titled “Unpublished Poems,” then retitled “Old Poems and Ones that May Not Be Poems at all and Maybe should be thrown away One Day.” She finally retitled the file “Bad Poems.” Mr. Young and his co-editor, Michael S. Glaser, were correct to include this material, especially Clifton’s unpublished early work from the mid-1960s. Clifton was most often at her best, to my ear at any rate, in the first decade of her career, and her debut collection, “Good Times” (1969), is a near masterpiece.”
Read the entire review here [Views of Life, Straightforward and Spare: The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton, 1965-2010].
The Dodge Festival also hosted a beautiful tribute to Lucille and celebration of her collected poems. Lucille’s daughters – Lexi, Sidney, and Gillian – were in attendance to speak about their mother and sign copies of the new book. Here are a few shots from the festivities courtesy of the Dodge Festival: