Aired: July 11, 2009

Furious Flower

cliftonPoet Lucille Clifton is widely acclaimed for her powerful explorations of race, womanhood, and spirituality. This June she was honored by the Furious Flower Poetry Center (James Madison University), which brought together more than 40 teachers and scholars to examine the National Book Award-winner’s lifetime of contributions to American poetry. Also: Hilary Holladay (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) is the author of Wild Blessings: The Poetry of Lucille Clifton, the first full-length study of Clifton’s work.

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3 Comments on “Furious Flower”

  1. Joanne Gabbin

    The program with Hilary Holladay and Lucille Clifton was outstanding. Sarah McConnell was able to draw out responses from both speakers that illuminated the craft, sensitivity and magic of Lucille Cligton’s poetry.
    –Joanne Gabbin
    Executive Director
    Furious Flower Poetry Center

  2. Deborah Lee

    What a nice way to elevate one’s day–one’s life! Thank you for such intimate and illuminating interviews. I can’t wait to read more…

  3. Faith C Flournoy

    Lucille Clifton owns a measure of the wisdom that is from above. She knowingly fills the mind’s eye with truths adorned in simplicity. Fully understanding that human treasure should be placed within reach, Clifton provides a banquet of well oiled eye to eye entrées of profoundly human experiences. The wine of her poetic voice has been kept on the dregs. More than wonderful, she is a furious flower with spiritual sizzle.

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