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Clifton collection: 'A great book to be sure'

In this week's The Buffalo News is a glowing review of the new Clifton collection: "Editor's Choice: Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton." In it, reviewer Jeff Simon expresses regret at the lack of attention given to Ms. Clifton, a Depew native, from The Buffalo News during her lifetime, though also gratitude that so many elsewhere "loved and honored" and read her work widely, and took it "with utmost seriousness." The review notes the book's Foreword by Toni Morrison, in which the Nobel Prize-winning author challenges us to read more into Ms. Clifton's profound intellect and scholarship, rather than merely her "courage, vision, [and] joy." Simon agrees, rendering Ms. Clifton a poet that the "world [needs] time to get into proper focus." "This book," says Simon, "will go a long way toward sharpening the focus on her work so that she won’t be among those who have to wait centuries for history to get it right. A great book to be sure." Read the entire article here. You can find Ms. Clifton's collection of poetry here.

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