Mercy

ISBN-10: 1929918550

ISBN-13: 9781929918553

Edition: 2004

Authors: Lucille Clifton

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Lucille Clifton's poetry carries her deep concerns for the world's children, the stratification of American society, those people lost or forgotten amid the crushing race of Western materialism and technology. In turns sad, troubled and angry, her voice has always been one of great empathy, knowing, as she says, "the only mercy is memory." In this, her 12th book of poetry, the National Book Award-winner speaks to the tenuous relationship between mothers and daughters, the debilitating power of cancer, the open wound of racial prejudice, the redemptive gift of story-telling. "September Song," a sequence of seven poems, featured on National Public Radio, presents a modern-day Orpheus who, through her grief, attempts to heart-intelligently respond to the events of September 11th. The last sequence of poems-a tightly-woven fabric of caveats and prayers-was initially written in the 1970s, then revised and reshaped in the last few years. Lucille Clifton is an award-winning poet, fiction writer and author of children's books. Her most recent poetry book, Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1969__1999 (BOA), won the 2000 National Book Award for Poetry. Two of Clifton's BOA poetry collections, Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir 1969__1980 and Next: New Poems, were chosen as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in 1988, while Clifton's The Terrible Stories (BOA) was a finalist for the 1996 National Book Award. Clifton has received fellowships from the NEA, an Emmy Award from the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Shelley Memorial Prize and the Charity Randall Citation. She is a Distinguished Professor of Humanities as St. Mary's College in Maryland. She was appointed a Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and elected as Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 1999. She lives in Columbia, MD.
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: BOA Editions, Limited
Publication date: 9/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 79
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Daniel has worked as an editor for the Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, and a number of trade and business publications based in New York. He has also published five novels.Lucille Clifton was born in Depew, New York on June 27, 1936. She was the first person in her family to graduate from high school. She attended Howard University, where she majored in drama, for two years before deciding that she would rather write poetry. Her first poetry collection Good Times was published in 1969. During her lifetime, she wrote 11 books of poetry and 20 children's books. She won numerous awards including the Coretta Scott King Award for Everett Anderson's Good-bye in 1984, the National Book Award for Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems, 1988-2000 in 2001, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize award in 2007. She was the Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1979 to 1985. She died after a long battle with cancer and other illnesses on February 13, 2010 at the age of 73.

The gift
Out of body
Dying
Last words
Oh antic God
April
After one year
Sonku
Children
Surely I am able to write poems
Mulberry fields
The river between us
Cancer
In the mirror
Blood
A story
Mercy
Here rests
After Oz
The phantom
Powell
Walking the blind dog
Hands
Wind on the St. Marys River
The tale the shepherds tell the sheep
Stop
Tuesday 9/11/01
Wednesday 9/12/01
Thursday 9/13/01
Friday 9/14/01
Saturday 9/15/01
Sunday morning 9/16/01
Monday sundown 9/17/01
Your mother sends you this
Come to here
You
We are ones
In the saying of
We are here
Why should we wander bone yards
Some of you have been blessed
You come to teach
In the geometry
We
God
The angels have no wings
You who feel yourself
You wish to speak of
You are not
The universe requires the worlds
You have placed yourselves
Whether in spirit
The air
The patience
What has been made
There is a star
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