What does racism look like in modernity?
In their debut episode, Paul and Jordan speak with the unconventional, parliamentary poet laureate – with a penchant for expressing the taboo – and beloved English professor, George Elliott Clarke. With characteristic grace and humour, he shares insight on the value of teaching poetry as a “living tradition,” the legacy of racism in Canada, and how institutions still need to change in order for there to be a truly just society. Plus, he tackles one of the most profound and, perhaps, difficult of all human experiences: love.
2:26 – “I was probably the only poet in the country with a book with a preface by Justin Trudeau…”
___See: Trudeau: La Vie en Rose by George A. Walker
3:10 – “One of the things that fascinated me recently was your interview on TVO…”
___See: George Elliott Clarke: The Colour of Policing
17:45 – “To get away from race for a moment, the G20 disturbances…”
___See: The Globe and Mail’s G20-related mass arrests unique in Canadian history
26:08 – “The Magna Carta has recently been on display…”
___See: Exhibition at Canadian History Museum from June 12, 2015 to July 26, 2015
45:53 – “In my book Red…”
___See: Red by Goerge Elliott Clarke
56:22 – “The reason why a human being, or human beings went to the moon was because of John F. Kennedy’s poetry…”
___See: Poetry and Power – The Inaugural Address of John F. Kennedy
_______JFK on Poetry, Power, and the Artist’s Role in Society: His Eulogy for Robert Frost, One of the Greatest Speeches of All Time by Maria Popova
_______The poetry, persuasion of JFK’s speeches by Agence France-Presse