By Lucille Clifton, Kevin Young, Toni Morrison

Winner of the 2013 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry

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

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

"If you simply learn one poetry booklet in 2012, The amassed Poems of Lucille Clifton needs to 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 believe for Lucille Clifton—both the girl 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 satisfaction, braveness, steadfastness."—Toni Morrison, from the Foreword

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Lucille Clifton 1965–2010 combines all 11 of Lucille Clifton's released collections with greater than fifty formerly unpublished poems. The unpublished poems characteristic early poems from 1965–1969, a collection-in-progress titled the publication of days (2008), and a poignant number of ultimate poems.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

On February thirteen, 2010, the poetry international misplaced one in all its so much amazing individuals with the passing of Lucille Clifton. within the final 12 months of her lifestyles, she was once named the 1st African American girl to obtain the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize honoring a US poet whose "lifetime accomplishments warrant remarkable recognition," and was once posthumously provided the Robert Frost Medal for lifetime success from the Poetry Society of America.

"mother-tongue: to man-kind" (from the unpublished the ebook of days):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 traditional skin.

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