George Elliott Clarke

George Elliott Clarke is an internationally-renowned poet and scholar whose booksincluding his highly-esteemed poetry collections Execution Poems and Whylah Fallshave won him many honours, including the Portia White Prize (1998), the Governor Generals 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 and Canadas Parliamentary Poet Laureate (201617). His most recent book is a novel, The Motorcyclist.


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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 Generals 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 Clarkes 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 wed prefer to be simple and clear. As all true poetry should, Clarkes embodies both damnation and redemption, offering convoluted triumphs alongside tragedy.

Replaces Previous Edition: 9781894031486

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Gold
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2016 / Poetry / $21.95 CAN / $21.95 US
9781554471577 / Trade paper
Black
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2012 / Poetry / $21.95 CAN / $21.95 US
9781554471034 / Trade paper
Blue
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2011 / Poetry / $21.95 CAN / $21.95 US
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Red
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2011 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US
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Whylah Falls
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2010 / Poetry / $21.95 CAN / $21.95 US
9781554470952 / Trade paper
Trudeau: Long March, Shining Path
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2007 / Poetry / $21.95 CAN / $21.95 US
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Quebecite
George Elliott Clarke

2003 / Poetry / $39.95 CAN / $39.95 US
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George Elliott Clarke

2003 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US
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Africadian History
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2001 / Poetry / $4.95 CAN / $4.95 US
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2001 / Poetry / $12.95 CAN / $12.95 US
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