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Selected Poetry of George Elliott Clarke (1960-)

from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

  1. Africadian Petition (1783)
  2. The Assassination of Indira Gandhi
  3. Ballad of a Hanged Man
  4. The Ballad of Othello Clemence
  5. Blues for X
  6. Discourse on Pure Virtue
  7. Everything Is Free
  8. Exile
  9. George & Rue: Pure, Virtuous Killers
  10. Guysborough Road Church
  11. Judas: A Biography
  12. King Bee Blues
  13. Naima
  14. Negation
  15. Original Pain
  16. Peggy's Cove
  17. Reading Titus Andronicus In Three Mile Plains, N.S.
  18. Song of Ecclesiastes
  19. Watercolour for Negro Expatriates in France

Notes on Life and Works

George Elliott Clarke is the E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. His works include the poem-novel, Whylah Falls (1990), the narrative lyric sequence, Execution Poems (2001), and the verse-play and opera, Beatrice Chancy (1999). Clarke's awards include the Governor-General's Award for Poetry (2001), a Bellagio (Italy) Center Fellowship (1998), and the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry (2002). He has also published a major critical book, Odysseys Home: Mapping African-Canadian Literature (University of Toronto Press, Summer 2002).

He is a member of the Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia, the League of Canadian Poets, the Modern Languages Association, the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia, the Writer's Guild of Canada, and the Writers Union of Canada.


Biographical information

Given name: George Elliott
Family name: Clarke
Honorific: LLD, Dalhousie University (1999); DLiH, University of New Brunswick (2000).
Birth date: 12 February 1960
Nationality: Canadian
Ethnicity: African-Canadian
          University of Waterloo (B.A.)
          University of Waterloo (M.A.)
          First Prize, Poetry, Writers Fed. of Nova Scotia: 1981
          Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry: 1991
          Fellowship, Bellagio Rockefeller Foundation: 1998
          Portia White Prize: 1998
          Arts Alumni Award, Univ. of Waterloo: 1999
          Governor General's Award for Poetry: 2001
          National Magazine Award of Poetry: 2002
          Social worker
          Parliamentary aide
          Writer-in-Residence, St. Mary's University: 1990
          Writer-in-Residence, Selkirk College: 1991
First RPO edition: 2004