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Wild Blessings

Hilary Holladay

The late poet Lucille Clifton was widely acclaimed for her powerful explorations of race, womanhood, and spirituality. She was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and received the Robert Frost Medal for lifetime achievement posthumously, from the Poetry Society of America.  An anthology of her work; “The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 recently won the Hurston Wright Legacy Award for Poetry, and Clifton was also honored by the Furious Flower Poetry Center (James Madison University.)  We talk with Holladay who is the author of “Wild Blessings: The Poetry of Lucille Clifton,” the first full-length study of Clifton’s work.

10 mins

A Conversation with Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton

A conversation with the late Lucille Clifton recorded in 2009 at the Furious Flower Poetry conference.

17 mins

A Poet’s Lament for Detroit

Bob Hicok, Virginia Tech

From Homer to Chaucer to Rita Dove, poetry has plumbed and expressed human strife, love, and everyday realities. Hicok worked for twenty years in the automotive industry.  His poems explore the lives of family and friends coping with economic devastation in Michigan.

12 mins

Empty Nest

Lisa Russ Spaar, University of Virginia

In her poem, “Empty Nest,” Spaar explores how a familiar place changes through time.  She is a Guggenheim Fellowship awardee and an essayist on the subject of how poets’ personal odysseys intersect with a desire to understand humanity.

5 mins

Nonsense Literature

Kevin Shortsleeve, Christopher Newport University

Shortsleeve is working on an anthology documenting nonsense literature from all over the world.

6 mins

This hour we honor the work and legacy of the late poet Lucille Clifton and hear from poets whose work explores economic hardship, transition, and place. We’ll talk a little nonsense [literature] too.

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