Lucille Clifton’s Generations: A Reading by Eisa Davis with Tracy K. Smith / A reading by Eisa Davis<br />with Tracy K. Smith - 92Y, New York

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Christopher Lightfoot Walker Reading Series

Lucille Clifton’s Generations

A reading by Eisa Davis
with Tracy K. Smith
Eisa Davis

Who remembers the names of slaves? Only the children of slaves.

Acclaimed actor, playwright and musical performer Eisa Davis (Bulrusher, Angela’s Mixtape, Passing Strange) reads from Lucille Clifton’s classic family memoir, Generations, upon its re-release by New York Review Books.

Originally published in 1976, Generations is a powerful work of prose by a great American poet. “Lucille Clifton uses the occasion of her father’s funeral to attest to the lives lived and the marks made by the generations of people she descends from. First they are names, dates, and places,” writes Tracy K. Smith, in her introduction to the new edition. “Once named, these kin arrive not singly, but en masse, brought to life through the rhythm and inflection of voices. Clifton has teased out these lives, allowing them to demand their rightful place, to command our full attention, to teach us things about themselves and ourselves.”

Davis’s reading will be followed by a conversation with Smith, former U.S. Poet Laureate and the author of Such Color: New and Selected Poems.

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