Lucille Clifton | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Jean Anaporte-Easton

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of Lucille Clifton.
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Critical Essay by Jean Anaporte-Easton

SOURCE: "Healing Our Wounds: The Direction of Difference in the Poetry of Lucille Clifton and Judith Johnson," in Mid-American Review, Vol. XIV, No. 2, 1994, pp. 78-82.

In the essay below, Anaporte-Easton cites Clifton's thematic healing of the disparity between the mind, spirit, and the body.

The distinctive quality of Clifton's voice comes from her ability to ground her art in an imagery of the body and physical reality. Through the Mary poems, Clifton reinscribes Christianity with the sacred wisdom of women's physical and emotional experience just as she expands the imagery of Judaism and Christianity to suggest African-American as well as white culture. Prior to the Mary poems in a series called some jesus, Clifton transposes details of Christian mythology associated with white culture into the physical terms of Black culture: Collard greens, beets, and...

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