Skip to main navigation menu Skip to main content Skip to site footer


Volume 33, Number 2 (2008)

Re-Visioning Fredericton: Reading George Elliott Clarke’s Execution Poems

March 31, 2009


Fredericton has been described as a birthplace of Canadian poetry, the hometown of the Confederation poets. Yet, George Elliott Clarke's Execution Poems (2001) radically reconfigures the significance of this provincial capital by exploring questions of Canadian literary identities and the historical absence of black voices as well as the changing cultural landscapes of this city. Execution Poems gives voice to otherwise disenfranchised African Canadians in the Maritimes and thus counters the predominantly Loyalist tone of Maritime literature in the twentieth century and beyond.