Canticles II continues George Elliott Clarke's epic exploration of the Black/African intellectual presence in the Occident. In Canticles I (MMXVI) and (MMXVII), Clarke presents dramatic monologues in which historical personages andinvented characters address 2000 years of imperialism and 500 years of slavery, some in support and others inopposition. In Canticles II, Clarke revises influential scriptures, principally Judeo-Christian, to offer alternativetakes and tangents on their narratives and aphorisms, their histories and prophecies, reflecting an Afrocentricaccent. Canticles II (MMXIX) shadows selected, Hebraic texts to draft a God who is particularly headstrong andpeoples who tend to be wrong-headed. Any suspected blasphemy herein is, however, merely Poetry in disguise.
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