Blue

By George Elliott Clarke

Blue
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Marking the tenth anniversary of the publication of George Elliott Clarke’s Blue, this new and revised Gaspereau Press edition reminds us why Clarke has become one of Canada’s most read poets. His work is electric, alive, full of fury, beauty and truth. “I craved to draft ... Read more


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Marking the tenth anniversary of the publication of George Elliott Clarke’s Blue, this new and revised Gaspereau Press edition reminds us why Clarke has become one of Canada’s most read poets. His work is electric, alive, full of fury, beauty and truth. “I craved to draft lyrics that would pour out–Pentecostal fire–pell mell, scorching, bright, loud: a poetics of arson,” writes Clarke. “I am a child of napalm. ”

 

George Elliott Clarke

Acclaimed for his narrative lyric suites (Whylah Falls and Execution Poems), his lyric “colouring books” (Blue, Black, Red, and Gold), his selected poems (Blues and Bliss), his opera libretti and plays (Beatrice Chancy and Trudeau: Long March, Shining Path), George Elliott Clarke now presents us with his epic-in-progress, Canticles, a work that views History as a web of imperialism, enslavement, and insurrection. A native Africadian, Canada’s 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate ranges the atlas and ransacks the library to ink lines unflinching before Atrocity and unquiet before Oppression.

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