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In Mercy, Clifton situates herself and the reader amid the terror of September 11, 2001, and excavates from this horrific tragedy a sign of redemptive liberation. Clifton's most sensitive readers also point to the affirmative tone of her poetry which sustains and uplifts what otherwise might be a nihilistic view of life.

In her thirteenth book of published poetry - Mercy (2004), Lucille Clifton encapsulates many concepts which have evolved in nearly four decades of poetry making. Mercy demonstrates Clifton’s consistent and persistent adaptation of various spiritual traditions to arrive - at a vision of interconnectedness between the ordinary and extraordinary, in everyday life.


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