Two New Poems by George Elliott Clarke

Two New Poems by George Elliott Clarke

The poems happened completely by chance. This “chanciness” is deliberate. I begin to write something that’s vaguely about African slavery, and then a direction or impulse or voice imposes itself on the writing. These poems – Solomon 2 and Experience…

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XVII, from The Minutes

XVII, from The Minutes

Let’s begin: Come man know your span sing wilde curcles with no circumference where even the birds cannot pass an emptiness that contracts to a point no count is sure, there is no point to the act if you already…

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Poem: Three Studies of Fruit

Poem: Three Studies of Fruit

  Have I painted these scenes? Or merely collected them? I will try to display them in pure colours, simplest form. i.   First: the orange of an orange1 in the dining room, Caroline is cutting the fruit for me…

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Two Poems

Two Poems

Transnational marriage A tongue from a developed country Fallen into a developing mouth It discovers, the sanitation there’s a bit problematic The dentists are very irresponsible A cotton-ball from many years ago Still exuding residual warmth in some cranny It…

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SPRING: A Poem

SPRING: A Poem

Listen to the author read this poem: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] (i) You visit each day in a different dress, a clear umbrella for the rain. Coffees. And one day this week, with a daisy whose stem you…

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Toronto, January 2012: a Poem

Toronto, January 2012: a Poem

For JP Here is a curbed and censored winter— its skies are blank as paper. So instead we read the sidewalks sanded bone-white by a wind made fast and loose on northern highways. They draw chalk lines over crabgrass relapsed…

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Poem: Sunday Afternoon Croquet

Poem: Sunday Afternoon Croquet

Hear this poem read by its author, Nyla Matuk: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Sunday Afternoon Croquet Trinity Bellwoods Park I feel like a mad Roman emperor with a history of failures at miniature golf. I’ll play at…

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