October 23, 2012

The Baltimore Sun with "Collected Clifton" co-editor Michael S. Glaser

An insightful interview with co-editor Michael S. Glaser ran in this past Sunday’s Edition of The Baltimore Sun, Lucille Clifton’s hometown newspaper.

In the interview, Glaser goes into intimate detail about the process of filtering, selecting, editing, and compiling the many poems of The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010.

“If you’ve ever heard Lucille talk,” says Glaser, “you know that she could speak about the African-American experience and being part of an oppressed minority without making a white audience feel attacked. Instead, you’d come away feeling, ‘Wow, we’re all in this together and trying to make a better world.’ Lucille had tremendous sympathy and humor and compassion for everybody, without ever letting up on her insistence that we are all responsible and accountable. Her own sense of being a truth-teller, her tremendous integrity, is really impressive and comes through in her written work in a way that surprised me.”

Read more about the co-editors’ process.

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