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Canticles I (mmxvii)
Guernica Editions, Spring 2017
466 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771831901
ISBN10: 1771831901
$25.00 Canada, $25.00 US

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The second part of Book I of “The 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. Book II will focus on Black folk readings of Scripture, Hebrew and Greek, with a few other religious texts canvassed too. Book III will narrate the rise of the African Baptist Association of Nova Scotia.
I'm hardly “black,” and am somewhat “Native,” with a dragged-out, belly-dredging laugh, and Poetry slagged, rightly, as “bombastic”: My voice be a lot of bitter roaring, eh?

Books by George Elliott Clarke

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