we will decide who’s lynched in this country, & the rope with which it’s done.


Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian author and slam poet of Afro- Caribbean descent. Her short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the 2015 ABIA Award for Best Literary Fiction and the 2015 Indie Award for Best Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. Her memoir, The Hate Race, her poetry collection Carrying the World, and her first children’s book, The Patchwork Bike, will be published by Hachette in late 2016.

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  1. An Ekphrasic Age.

    This is a brilliant image and it works like this. What Maxine is experiencing personally as she attempts to get funding and the events in the society and culture around her and some spiritual connection to history all come together in this one perfectly confluent image. And you will not that there are no words. Where is your poetry Maxine. It is in this image and you have been silenced.

  2. Maxine, what a powerful image. I’s so sad, so raw. I want to cry. I was searching for your poetry and when I couldn’t find it I thought something has happened to silence you. It aches to look at your photo.

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