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Execution Poems

Execution Poems

(2001)
The Black Acadian Tragedy of George and Rue
A collection of poems by

 
Gaspereau Press' best-selling title, Execution Poems, is George Elliott Clarke's 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 Canada's highest literary honour in 2001. The jurors of the Governor General's Literary Award called this book "raging, gristly, public - and unflinchingly beautiful," and remarked on Clarke's "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 society's vengefulness. He blurs the line between the perpetrator and the victim - a line we'd 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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Hardback Editions

January 2001 : Canada Hardback
Title: Execution poems: The Black Acadian tragedy of "George and Rue"
Author(s): George Elliott Clarke
ISBN: 1-894031-34-2 / 978-1-894031-34-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Gaspereau Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2001 : Canada Hardback
Title: Execution poems: The Black Acadian tragedy of "George and Rue"
Author(s): George Elliott Clarke
ISBN: 1-894031-35-0 / 978-1-894031-35-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Gaspereau Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

August 2009 : Canada Paperback
Title: Execution Poems
Author(s): George Elliott Clarke
ISBN: 1-55447-081-1 / 978-1-55447-081-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Gaspereau Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2001 : Canada Paperback
Title: Execution Poems
Author(s): George Elliott Clarke
ISBN: 1-894031-48-2 / 978-1-894031-48-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Gaspereau Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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