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Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000
145 pages; BOA Editions Ltd.
In spare, truthful lyrics, Lucille Clifton talks about the inhuman challenges of her life: child abuse, bigotry, cancer. But Clifton survives all this adversity to discover joy—and power—as well as how to "wake up dancing." An essential book, filled with "the strength that opens us beyond ourselves."
— Deborah Landau