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Collected Clifton: 'most important book of poetry to appear in years' -PW

We would like to celebrate the birthday of one of the world's most distinguished poets, the late Lucille Clifton (June 27, 1936, -- February 13, 2010), who would have been 76 today.   Born in Depew, New York, Ms. Clifton is the author of more than a dozen collections of poetry and more than sixteen children's books, written expressly for an African American audience. Though her list of awards and recognitions is staggering, even more remarkable is the love she has elicited from her readers. National Book Award and Ruth Lilly Prize winner, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist (in the same year!), and recipient of numerous other prestigious recognitions, the absence of Ms. Clifton in the world is deeply felt. Today's anniversary is particularly special to us here at BOA as we approach the release date for The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 this fall. Almost as if in honor of this special day, Publisher's Weekly recently released its Fall 2012 Announcements, with The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 at the top of the list. PW says of the forthcoming landmark collection: "The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 may be the most important book of poetry to appear in years." Calling Ms. Clifton a "major force" in late 20th century poetry, with an "inimitable but influential style," PW acknowledges the "unfillable hole" she left in the world of poetry, but also calls BOA's upcoming collection "a fitting monument." We hope you are looking forward to the new collection as much as we are, and that you will join in celebrating and remembering Lucille Clifton and her powerful, innovative poetry! Poetry by Lucille Clifton

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  • I met Lucille through her daughter Sydney not long after her husband and my wife had died of cancer. Her humor, insight and acceptance of the mystery of life showed me a way forward that I have never forgotten and for which I will be forever thankful.

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