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Glossolalia: Lucille Clifton's Creative Technologies of Becoming


Glossolalia: Lucille Clifton's Creative Technologies of Becoming


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Book chapter from Black Bodies and Transhuman Realities: Scientifically Modifying the Black Body in Postman Literature and Culture, edited by Melvin G. Hill. Published by Lexington Books, 2019.

In this chapter, I argue that automatic writing is an embodied technology that facilitated Clifton’s self-making. By analyzing a selection of her poems alongside corresponding automatic writing, readers can see how Clifton’s unique and potent poetic voice emerges with and through her spiritual practice.

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