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Blues singer, preacher, cultural critic, exile, Africadian, high modernist, spoken word artist, Canadian poet—these are but some of the voices of George Elliott Clarke. In a selection of Clarke’s best work from his early poetry to his most recent, Blues and Bliss: The Poetry of George Elliott Clarke offers readers an impressive cross-section of those voices. Jon Paul Fiorentino’s introduction focuses on this polyphony, his influences—Derek Walcott, Amiri Baraka, and the canon of literary English from Shakespeare to Yeats—and his “voice throwing,” and shows how the intersections here produce a “troubling” of language. He sketches Clarke’s primary interest in the negotiation of cultural space through adherence to and revision of tradition and on the finding of a vernacular that begins in exile, especially exile in relation to African-Canadian communities.

In the afterword, Clarke, in an interesting re-spin of Fiorentino’s introduction, writes with patented gusto about how his experiences have contributed to multiple sounds and forms in his work. Decrying any grandiose notions of theory, he presents himself as primarily a songwriter.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. p. vii
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  1. Biographical Note
  2. pp. viii-ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xvii
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  1. Salvation Army Blues
  2. p. 1
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  1. Halifax Blues
  2. p. 2
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  1. Hammonds Plains African Baptist Church
  2. p. 3
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  1. Campbell Road Church
  2. p. 4
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  1. Watercolour for Negro Expatriates in France
  2. pp. 5-7
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  1. Look Homeward, Exile
  2. p. 8
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  1. The Wisdom of Shelley
  2. p. 9
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  1. The River Pilgrim: A Letter
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. Blank Sonnet
  2. p. 12
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  1. The Symposium
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. Rose Vinegar
  2. p. 15
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  1. Blues for X
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  1. Vision of Justice
  2. p. 17
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  1. Chancy’s Menu
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  1. Chancy’s Drinking Song
  2. p. 19
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  1. Beatrice’s Defence
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  1. George & Rue: Pure, Virtuous Killers
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  1. Ballad of a Hanged Man
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. Child Hood I
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  1. Child Hood II
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  1. Hard Nails
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  1. Public Enemy
  2. p. 27
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  1. The Killing
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. Trial I
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  1. Trial II
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  1. Avowals
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  1. Negation
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  1. Calculated Offensive
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  1. À Dany Laferrière
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  1. Haligonian Market Cry
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  1. Nu(is)ance
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  1. Onerous Canon
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  1. April 1, 19—
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  1. from Blue Elegies
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  1. I.i
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  1. I.ii
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  1. I.iii
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  1. I.iv
  2. p. 47
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  1. I.v
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  1. I.vi
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  1. Blues de Malcolm
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  1. May ushers in with lilac
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  1. George & Rue: Coda
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  1. Letter to a Young Poet
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  1. Of Black English, or Pig Iron Latin
  2. p. 56
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  1. Africadian Experience
  2. p. 57
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  1. Afterword: Let Us Now Attain Polyphonous Epiphanies, George Elliott Clarke
  2. pp. 59-63
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. 65-66
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781554582341
Related ISBN
9781554580606
MARC Record
OCLC
352540830
Pages
90
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Open Access
No
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