George Elliott Clarke

George Elliott Clarke is an internationally-renowned poet and scholar whose books—including his highly-esteemed poetry collections Execution Poems and Whylah Falls—have won him many honours, including the Portia White Prize (1998), the Governor General’s Literary Award (2001), the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award (2004), and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship Prize (2005). Born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Clarke presently resides in Toronto where he is E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. George served as and Canada’s seventh Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016–17).



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Execution Poems
George Elliott Clarke

2009 / Poetry / $14.95
9781554470815 / Trade paper / 48 pp


After nine years and nine trade printings, Gaspereau Press is issuing a revised and redesigned second edition of its most popular title. Originally released in 2000 in a limited edition of 66 books handset and printed letterpress in a folio format, Execution Poems has gone on to sell over 6000 copies. It was the winner of the 2001 Governor General’s award for poetry and took first place in the poetry category of the 2001 Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Canadian Book Design.

Execution Poems is a suite of poems about Clarke’s cousins, George and Rufus Hamilton, who were hanged in July 1949 for the murder of a Fredericton, New Brunswick, taxi driver. In this startling work, Clarke reminds us of racism and poverty and of their brutal, tragic results, blurring the line between the perpetrator and the victim—a line we’d prefer to be simple and clear. As all true poetry should, Clarke’s embodies both damnation and redemption, offering convoluted triumphs alongside tragedy.

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Replaces Previous Edition: 9781894031486

Other Books by this Author

The Merchant of Venice (Retried)
George Elliott Clarke

2017 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN
9781554471713 / Trade paper / 64 pp
Gold
George Elliott Clarke

2016 / Poetry / $21.95 CAN
9781554471577 / Trade paper / 160 pp
Black
George Elliott Clarke

2012 / Poetry / $21.95 CAN
9781554471034 / Trade paper / 152 pp
Blue
George Elliott Clarke

2011 / Poetry / $21.95 CAN
9781554470990 / Trade paper / 176 pp
Red
George Elliott Clarke

2011 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN
9781554470983 / Trade paper / 160 pp
Whylah Falls
George Elliott Clarke

2010 / Poetry / $21.95 CAN
9781554470952 / Trade paper / 208 pp
Trudeau: Long March, Shining Path
George Elliott Clarke

2007 / Poetry / $21.95 CAN
9781554470372 / Trade paper / 128 pp
Québécité
George Elliott Clarke

2003 / Poetry / $39.95 CAN
9781894031752 / Fine / 112 pp
Québécité
George Elliott Clarke

2003 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN
9781894031745 / Trade paper / 112 pp
Africadian History: An Exhibition Catalogue
George Elliott Clarke

2001 / Poetry / $4.95 CAN
9781894031523 / Pamphlet / 16 pp
Execution Poems
George Elliott Clarke

2001 / Poetry / $12.95 CAN
9781894031486 / Trade paper / 48 pp

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