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Voices (American Poets Continuum)
by Lucille Clifton

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    List Price: $22.95
    Format: Hardcover, 72 pages
    Classification: Poetry
    ISBN13: 9781934414118
    Imprint: BOA Editions Ltd.
    Publisher: BOA Editions Ltd.
    Parent Company: BOA Editions Ltd.
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    Book Description:
    In 2007, Lucille Clifton became the first African American woman to win the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, one of the most prestigious American poetry awards and one of the largest literary honors for work in the English language. Clifton has also won the National Book Award in poetry for Blessing the Boats (BOA Editions, 2000), and is the only author ever to have two collections, Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir (BOA Editions, 1987) and Next: New Poems (BOA Editions, 1987), named finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in one year.In Voices, Clifton continues her celebrated aesthetic of writing poems for the disempowered and the underprivileged while finding humor and redemption among life’s many hardships. This book also highlights Clifton’s ability to write inventive dramatic monologues. Voices includes monologues spoken by animals, as well as by the food product spokespeople Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben, and the apparently nameless guy on the Cream of Wheat box.“cream of wheat”sometimes at night
    we stroll the market aisles
    ben and jemima and me they
    walk in front humming this and that
    i lag behind
    trying to remove my chef’s cap
    wondering what ever pictured me
    then left me personless
    rastus
    i read in an old paper that i was called rastus
    but no mother ever
    gave that to her son
    toward dawn we head back
    to our shelves
    our boxes ben and jemima and me
    we pose and smile i simmer
    to myself what is my nameBOA Editions is thrilled to present the newest poetry collection by the one and only Lucille Clifton.

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