Red / George Elliott Clarke.

Main Author: Clarke, George Elliott, 1960-
Published: Kentville, N.S. : Gaspereau Press, 2011.
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Red joins George Elliott Clarke's previous 'colouring' books#150;Blue and Black#150;in which he displays an expansive range of poetic forms and rhetorical poses. Its poems mix the candid sexuality of pre-Christian Rome with the pop sentimentally of Italian screen scores of the 1960s and 70s, drenching us in the brute violence of Titus Andronicus, the reflections of Malcolm X and the music of Charles Mingus (whose "bass sounds like a typewriter/Punctuating Ulysses"). Whether he situates his reader in his father's Halifax cab, on a beach in Rhodes, or in front of Alma Duncan's painting Young Black Girl, Clarke is ever sensitive to "the hard work of words,/The even harder work of love." Red rings with Clarke's lush voice, full-throated and unparalleled.