Last night, February 21st, a number of New York's literary organizations, spearheaded by Cave Canem and the Poetry Society of America, came together as a family in Proshansky Auditorium at CUNY, to celebrate Lucille Clifton on the occasion of the posthumous publication of The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2000, an absolutely beautiful volume (with a ribbon!), just published by BOA Editions Ltd.
A friend of mine who hadn't known her poetry was in attendance and wrote to me this morning, "It was warm, it was funny, it was moving, it was inclusive. The poems are so personal and consoling, really—her spirit was everywhere." Continue Reading Post