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Mercy

poems

1st ed.
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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.

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Mercy

poems

First published in 2004



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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.

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Library of Congress PS3553.L45 M47 2004
Dewey 811/.54

Mercy

poems

1st ed.

This edition was published in by BOA Editions in Rochester, NY.


Edition Notes

Series
American poets continuum series ;

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
811/.54
Library of Congress
PS3553.L45 M47 2004, PS3553.L45M47 2004

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL3292426M
Internet Archive
mercypoems0000clif
ISBN 10
1929918542, 1929918550
LC Control Number
2004010396
Library Thing
1921512
Goodreads
945691
454432

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