September 11 is a date which resonates with people all over the world, a date that holds so much weight and significance. While we honor and remember lost loved ones on this day, we also remember the lost voices that once breathed life and light into this world. As the official publication date of The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010, today, we honor and remember Lucille Clifton as one of the "major and most courageous voices." The new collection, available now in the BOA Bookstore, is a moving volume containing all of Ms. Clifton's published collections with more than sixty previously unpublished poems. A Foreword by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison and an Afterword by poet and co-editor Kevin Young do well to identify the unfillable hole Ms. Clifton left in this world. Co-editor Michael S. Glaser recently reminded us in a Publishers Weekly interview that Ms. Clifton was one who "...saw and explored the humanness of all of us—one who acknowledged boundaries but was always seeking ways to remove them, to cross borders, to articulate her belief that, indeed, ‘all of us are all of us.’” tuesday 9/11/01 thunder and lightning and our world is another place no day will ever be the same no blood untouched they know this storm in otherwheres israel ireland palestine but God has blessed America we sing and God has blessed America to learn that no one is exempt the world is one all fear is one all life all death all one --Lucille Clifton We could not have published The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 without the generous $50,000 matching grant from the Lannan Foundation and the special support of our donors. Thank you for making this breathtaking collection possible. Also today, we celebrate the birthday of BOA Publisher Peter Conners, whose hard work and dedication to the 'Collected Clifton' helped bring us to this moment! Happy birthday, Peter!
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