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Austin Clarke’s In Your Crib in “15 Poetry Collections to Watch for in 2015”

CBC Books has announced “15 poetry collections to watch for in 2015”, and it included Guernica author Austin Clarke’s collection In Your Crib! Describing the book as “a powerful account of the ongoing struggle for racial equality”, CBC Books stated that “Multiple award-winning poet Austin Clarke’s second collection focuses on the lives of two very different black men. One is a poet and a veteran of the civil rights movement, the other an anonymous youth under the spell of guns, gangs and bling. United by their plight and the colour of their skin, they are separated by a lifetime of experience. The poet reproaches the young man for giving up the fight, but also acknowledges his own failure to protect and inspire the next generation”.


In 2013, Austin Clarke wrote Where The Sun Shines Best, which was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. He has published several novels, memoirs, and short story collections in the United States, England, Canada, Australia, and Holland. Storm of Fortune, the second novel in his Toronto Trilogy about the lives of Barbadian immigrants, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award in 1973. The Origin of Waves won the Rogers Communications Writers’ Development Trust Prize for Fiction in 1997. In 1999, his ninth novel, The Question, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. In 2003 he had a private audience with Queen Elisabeth in honour of his Commonwealth Prize for his tenth novel, The Polished Hoe. In 1992 Austin Clarke was honored with a Toronto Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature, and in 1997, Frontier College granted him a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1998 he was invested with the Order of Canada, and he has received four honorary doctorates. In 1999 he received the Martin Luther King Junior Award for Excellence in Writing.


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