By Jon Paul Fiorentino,George Elliott Clarke

Blues singer, preacher, cultural critic, exile, Africadian, excessive modernist, spoken notice artist, Canadian poet—these are yet many of the voices of George Elliott Clarke. In a variety of Clarke’s most sensible paintings from his early poetry to his newest, Blues and Bliss: The Poetry of George Elliott Clarke deals readers a powerful cross-section of these voices. Jon Paul Fiorentino’s creation specializes in this polyphony, his influences—Derek Walcott, Amiri Baraka, and the canon of literary English from Shakespeare to Yeats—and his “voice throwing,” and indicates how the intersections right here produce a “troubling” of language. He sketches Clarke’s fundamental curiosity within the negotiation of cultural house via adherence to and revision of culture and at the discovering of a vernacular that starts off in exile, specifically exile in terms of African-Canadian groups.

within the afterword, Clarke, in an engaging re-spin of Fiorentino’s advent, writes with patented gusto approximately how his stories have contributed to a number of sounds and types in his paintings. Decrying any grandiose notions of concept, he provides himself as basically a songwriter.

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