Execution Poems: The Black Acadian Tragedy of George & Rue George Elliott Clarke

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Execution Poems: The Black Acadian Tragedy of George & Rue  by  George Elliott Clarke

Execution Poems: The Black Acadian Tragedy of George & Rue by George Elliott Clarke
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Gaspereau Press best-selling title, Execution Poems, is George Elliott Clarkes complex lament for his late cousins, George and Rue – two Black men who were hanged for the murder of a taxi driver. After the overwhelming interest generated by theMoreGaspereau Press best-selling title, Execution Poems, is George Elliott Clarkes complex lament for his late cousins, George and Rue – two Black men who were hanged for the murder of a taxi driver.

After the overwhelming interest generated by the original limited letterpress edition of Execution Poems, Gaspereau Press released this trade edition which went on to win Canadas highest literary honour in 2001. The jurors of the Governor Generals Literary Award called this book raging, gristly, public — and unflinchingly beautiful, and remarked on Clarkes explosive, original language.In 1949, George and Rufus Hamilton were hanged for the murder of a taxi driver in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Fifty years later, Clarke has written, in his abundant style, a series of poems that embody both damnation and redemption, offering convoluted triumphs alongside tragedy and blurring the line between perpetrator and victim. What Clarke presents in Execution Poems is uncomfortable. He reminds us of racism and poverty- of their brutal, tragic results. He reminds us of societys vengefulness. He blurs the line between the perpetrator and the victim — a line wed prefer remain simple and clear. At the heart of it, Clarke is frustrating the notion that society deals any better with these issues today than it did in the 1940s.



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