Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000 | Recommended by Nicole Hylton

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Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000

by Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton is a big inspiration for my poetry. As a former professor at my alma mater, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, I’ve heard a lot about Lucille Clifton these past four years, and for good reason. I admire her ability to create evocative images out of so few and simple words. In this collection are poems on femininity, race, aging, illness, death, and a host of other topics. I tore through this book much faster than I was expecting because of how closely I connected with Clifton’s voice. Her honesty and straightforwardness in her work is truly stunning. The poems read so easily and smoothly with their simplistic diction, yet they are so complex when it comes to theme and message. I think her poems are a wonderful read, even if you aren’t usually a poetry person and even if you don’t happen to be sitting by the water, the breeze tickling the pages.

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Nicole Hylton is a writer-of-all-trades from Southern Maryland. She writes poetry, short stories, and has completed two novellas, Internet Official and Dropping Her Gloves. Her work has appeared in Aethlon and Avatar. She holds a B.A. in English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, minor in Sociology & Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

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Nicole Hylton
Nicole Hylton is a writer-of-all-trades from Southern Maryland. She writes poetry, short stories, and has completed two novellas, Internet Official and Dropping Her Gloves. Her work has appeared in Aethlon and Avatar. She holds a B.A. in English from St. Mary's College of Maryland, minor in Sociology & Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.