By Lucille Clifton, Kevin Young, Toni Morrison

Winner of the 2013 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry

"The accrued Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 could be the most vital publication of poetry to seem in years."--Publishers Weekly

"All poetry readers probably want to personal this ebook; virtually every little thing is in it."--Publishers Weekly

"If you just learn one poetry publication in 2012, The amassed Poems of Lucille Clifton must be it."—NPR

"The 'Collected Clifton' is a present, not only for her fans...but for all of us."--The Washington Post

"The love readers suppose for Lucille Clifton—both the lady and her poetry—is consistent and deeply felt. The traces that floor most often in compliment of her paintings and her individual are relocating declarations of racial delight, braveness, steadfastness."—Toni Morrison, from the Foreword

The accrued Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965–2010 combines all 11 of Lucille Clifton's released collections with greater than fifty formerly unpublished poems. The unpublished poems characteristic early poems from 1965–1969, a collection-in-progress titled the ebook of days (2008), and a poignant number of ultimate poems. An insightful foreword by means of Nobel Prize–winning writer Toni Morrison and finished afterword via famous poet Kevin younger frames Clifton's lifetime physique of labor, offering the definitive assertion approximately this significant the US poet's career.

On February thirteen, 2010, the poetry global misplaced one in every of its such a lot distinctive individuals with the passing of Lucille Clifton. within the final 12 months of her existence, she used to be named the 1st African American girl to obtain the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize honoring a US poet whose "lifetime accomplishments warrant outstanding recognition," and used to be posthumously presented the Robert Frost Medal for lifetime fulfillment from the Poetry Society of America.

"mother-tongue: to man-kind" (from the unpublished the booklet of days):

all that i'm asking is
that you notice me as something
more than a typical occurrence,
more than a lady in her usual skin.

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