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Poetry Board Reader,
the poet Lucille Clifton
Today we come
together to hear the writing of the former Maryland Poet Laureate Lucille
Hardison Poetry Series welcomed Lucille Clifton as the Folger
Poetry Board Reader in 2008.
Lucille Clifton was discovered by Langston Hughes who published
her poetry his anthology The Poetry of the Negro. Lucille’s
work emphasized the endurance and strength of the Black experience
and on family life. She has had two of her poetry books chosen as
finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, Good Woman: Poems and a
Memoir, 1969-1980 and Next: New Poems, and she won the
National Book Award for Blessing the Boats: New and Selected
Poems, 1988-2000. Critic Bruce Bennett, in the New York
TimesBook Review, praised Lucille as a “passionate, mercurial
writer, by turns angry, prophetic, compassionate, shrewd, sensuous,
vulnerable and funny.”
Alexia Clifton, Lucille’s daughter, joins us to introduce this
ENCORES selection and offer us a glimpse into the poetry of her
We welcome you to
experience the powerful honesty of the poetry of Lucille Clifton.
We hope you enjoy
this and other ENCORES to come. Keep an eye on your inbox as we
continue to share our favorite moments from the Folger stage.
Hardison Poetry Series and the U.S. Botanic Garden have
partnered to create an online poetry workshop entitled Bloomthat
explores the natural world through poetry.
hear poet Jane Clarke read garden-inspired poetry and learn
from USBG Horticulturist Adam Pyle’s presentation as they
create their own work. Participants will take inspiration from the
USBG’s rose garden and their own surroundings as well as Jane's
writing prompts. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants
will write and have the opportunity to share their own poems.
The cost for the
workshop is $75, with a discount for Folger and U.S. Botanic Garden
members and Folger subscribers.
This program is a
collaboration between the Folger Shakespeare Library and the
U.S. Botanic Garden.
deeply grateful to have you as a part of the Folger community.
If you are able, we hope you will consider making a gift today
to help sustain the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series and
programs like it.