Photo: Peter Jermyn


Joseph Repulses

Madama Potiphar, that dead-on harlot, is
Egyptian tarnish that tarnishes:

A glitter surface
and an icy face.

She thinks I wanna screw white gals,
that sable slaves gotta stud pale gals,

that every black man’s a beast
in bed, where white breast is feast.

[Nice (France), 28 mars mmxi]

George Elliott Clarke is the current Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate whose work predominantly deals with what he refers to as “Africadia”: the black Canadian experience in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, he know lives in Toronto where he is currently the E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto.

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