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George Elliott Clarke’s “Illicit Sonnets” Launch at Gladstone Hotel August 21st

illicitsonnetsGeorge Elliott Clarke‘s new book of poetry, Illicit Sonnets (Eyewear Publishing 2013) will be launched on August 21st at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W.  Toronto 7:30 p.m. The launch will include actors/dancers and Susan G. Gole of NOW interviewing me on stage. Admission is $5 UNLESS attendees buy a book!

George Elliott Clarke won The Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 2001 for Execution Poems. His classic verse-novel, Whylah Falls (1990) was selected in the CBC’s national poll, Canada Reads, in 2002. He now teaches African-Canadian literature — a field that he pioneered — at the University of Toronto. In 2013-14 he will be a visiting professor at Harvard University. He is Toronto’s Poet Laureate.

Illicit Sonnets — a bawdy modern reboot of Sonnets from the Portuguese — tells of the love between Salim and Laila, an “elderessa”. Their highly-sexed romance, bridging cultures, generations and seas, is unfolded in poetry as sparkling and as shameless as champagne.

Do not miss this amazing new book and event for one of Toronto’s biggest poets!

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