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Generations: A Memoir

Author: Lucille Clifton  

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Now back in print, a moving biography about family, the African-American experience, love, and triumph by a lauded poet. Buffalo. A father's funeral. Memory. In Generations , Louise Clifton's formidable poetic gift emerges in prose, giving us a memoir of stark and profound beauty. Her story focuses on the lives of the Sayles family: Caroline, born among the Dahomey people in 1822, who walked north from New Orleans to Virginia in 1830 when she was eight years old; Lucy, the first black woman to be hanged in Virginia; and Gene, born with a withered arm, the son of a carpetbagger and the author's grandmother. Lucille Clifton tells us about the life of an African-American family through slavery and hard times and beyond, of the death of her father and grandmother, but also of all the life and love and triumph that came before and remains even now. Generations is a powerful work of determination and affirmation. I look at my husband, Clifton writes, and my children and I feel the Dahomey women gathering in my bones.

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Critic Reviews

“"Impressive--honest, clear-eyed with a shapeliness natural to poets. . . . In addition to possessing the ease and inti-macy of Clifton's poetry, Generations speaks to, for, and from fictional and posthumous lives--Moses, Medgar Evers, Amazons, Bob Marley, Sleeping Beauty, etc. She is comfortable and knowing about the dead. . . . Lucille is another word for light, which is the soul of 'enlightenment.' And she knew it." --Toni Morrison "Of great poets whose poems are kin to Clifton's, I think of Emily Dickinson; to Dickinson's intense compression Clifton adds explicit historical consciousness. And of Pablo Neruda: Clifton subtracts hyperbole from his elemental clarity." --Elizabeth Alexander, The New Yorker "Lucille Clifton helped me hear things--helps all of those who love her work hear things that they would rather ignore." --Reginald Dwayne Betts "[Clifton's] works are explicitly historical and of a palpable present moment." -- The Paris Review "You can easily see the reflection of [Clifton's] tight, spare poetry in this exceedingly compact book, which is all the more affecting for its light touch and suggestive sketches of all the American Sayles, including a few of the white ones." -- Kirkus Review”

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About the Author

Lucille Clifton (1936-2010) was an American poet known for her work focusing on the African-American experience and family life. Winner of the National Book Award and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, Clifton is the only author to have two books of poetry nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She is best known for her collections Two-Headed Woman , Next , Good Woman , and Quilting . In addition to her several poetry collections, Clifton also wrote numerous books for children, including her Everett Anderson series. She died in Baltimore. Tracy K. Smith is a writer and former United States Poet Laureate. The author of a memoir, Ordinary Light , and four poetry collections, including Life on Mars , which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012, she currently serves as the chair of Princeton University's Lewis Center for the Arts.

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Product Details

Publisher
The New York Review of Books, Inc | NYRB Classics
Published
16th November 2021
Pages
96
ISBN
9781681375878
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