In the review on Bookin’ with Sunny, Joanne Mallari honors Lucille Clifton’s poems in Mercy, a BOA publication, and highlights Clifton’s ability to captivate the reader with only twenty lines. Clifton’s work is influential and examines gender, race, and family ties. Mallari emphasizes how Clifton’s verse is not only powerful on the page but allows readers to engage with the voices of Mercy. Mallari states, “Each reader will enter the collection bringing something different, and exit carrying a message that is uniquely theirs. In this mutual relationship between reader and poem, one may just discover that shared memory is the mercy that follows loss." Lucille Clifton is an extraordinary poet who will never be forgotten. This February it will be two years since Lucille passed away. BOA is publishing The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton on the 17th of August this year. The volume will contain all of Lucille Clifton’s published work and also more than fifty of her previous unpublished poems. The foreword is written by Nobel Prize-winner, Toni Morrison. Be sure to be on the look out this year for this memorable publication.
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