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Canticles I
(MMXVII)
By (author): George Elliott Clarke
George Elliott Clarke

Imprint:

Guernica Editions - Hamilton

ISBN:

9781771831901

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General Trade
Mar 01, 2017
$25.00 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

9in x 6 x 1 in | 668 gr

Page Count:

450 pages
Guernica Editions
POETRY / Canadian / General
Poetry by individual poets|Epic

The second part of Book I of Canticles continues the dialogue -- as dramatic monologues -- of those who fostered the transatlantic slave trade, or who demonized the image of the Negro in the Occident; as well as those who struggled for liberation and/or anti-racism. In this work, Dante can critique Christopher Columbus and Frederick Douglass can upbraid Abraham Lincoln; Elizabeth Barrett Browning can muse on her African racial heritage and its implications for child-bearing, while Karl Marx can excoriate Queen Victoria.

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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