Blessing the boats: new and selected poems, 1988-2000

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BOA Editions, Apr 1, 2000 - Poetry - 132 pages
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The long-awaited collection by one of the most distinguished poets working today.

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User Review  - whitewavedarling - LibraryThing

I read quite a bit of poetry, though I rarely end up sitting down and reading a collection by a single author at once without jumping between collections, journals, etc. This was an exception. I had ... Read full review

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User Review  - mbach - LibraryThing

This was a present to me from Lucille Clifton and my undergraduate college, St. Mary's College of Maryland, upon my graduation in 2000. The namesake of the book comes from a practice at St. Mary's City where the boats are blessed. Read full review

Contents

the times
13
a lynching
19
study the masters
25
report from the angel of eden
32
why some people be mad at me sometimes
38
my dream about falling
44
quilting
59
peeping torn
65
the garden of delight
77
imagining bear
85
the earth is a living thing
91
telling our stories
109
a dream of foxes
115
slaveships
121
heaven
127
Copyright

wishes for sons
71

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About the author (2000)

Lucille Clifton (1936-2010) was the 2007 recipient of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, as well as the 2010 Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America. Her final poetry collection, Voices, was published by BOA in September 2008. She was an award-winning poet, fiction writer, and author of children's books. Her poetry book, Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000, 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, the only author ever to have done so, while Clifton's, The Terrible Stories, was a finalist for the 1996 National Book Award. Clifton received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; an Emmy Award from the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; the Shelley Memorial Prize; and the Charity Randall Citation. She served as a Distinguished Professor of Humanities at 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.

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