Peter Conners', Publisher of BOA Editions, 'Waiting to Hear from Lucille' on the City Lights Booksellers and Publishers Blog is expressive and details an incredible journey of signs and poetry. At a reception that followed the Furious Flower reading, Peter Conners spoke with Lucille's daughters, Lexi and Sidney, about publishing The Collected Works of Lucille Clifton. This conversation led to beginning the manuscript, and along the way Peter experienced his own series of signs and spirituality. Peter emphasizes how in the "body of Lucille's poetry, you'll see a poet moving fluidly between the natural and the spirit(ual) world, never clearly favoring either, never feeling the need to distinguish in that simplistic way, simply making her poems with all the experience and the worlds available to her." Before making any significant decision in the publishing process, Peter paused and started waiting for a sign. Pausing for reflection also led to Peter knowing what he was truly waiting for- "I was waiting to hear from Lucille." Read the blog in-depth here. The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton will officially be released on September 11, 2012, so be on the look out! The collection will contain all of Lucille's published poems, and will contain more than 50 previously unpublished poems that were unearthed in her archives at Emory University. Speaking of good signs, September 11th is also Peter Conners' birthday.
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