SALTWATER SPIRITUALS AND DEEPER BLUES
George Elliott Clarke
Volume 11 Number 6.
Saltwater Spirituals and Deeper Blues is a collection of poetry by a twenty-three-year-old Nova Scotia born black, George Elliott Clarke. His style is unique, echoing his deep spirituality and feeling for the history of his people. The poems are divided into three sections: "Soul Songs," given the titles of various Nova Scotian African churches; "Blues Notes," dedicated to various people, places, and ideas; and "The Book of Jubilee," delving into personal and black history. After each section is a series of photographs. The introduction, by Sylvia Hamilton, contains a background of the author and a history of blacks in Nova Scotia.
George Elliott Clarke's poetry appeals to all the senses and rolls nicely off the tongue when reading, as evidenced by the poem "Childhood," from "The Book of Jubilee":
field niggers moaned tidewater blues,
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