Lucille Clifton (1936–2010) was an award-winning poet, fiction writer, and author of children’s books. Her 2000 poetry collection Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988–2000 won the National Book Award for Poetry. In 1988, she became the only author to have two collections selected in the same year as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize: Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir 1969–1980 and Next: New Poems. In 1996, her collection The Terrible Stories was a finalist for the National Book Award. Among her many other awards and accolades are the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Frost Medal, and an Emmy Award. In 2013, her posthumously published collection The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965–2010 was awarded the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry.
“More than Me”: On “How to Carry Water: Selected Poems of Lucille Clifton”
Dean Rader considers “How to Carry Water” by Lucille Clifton....