A new discovery for me was Canadian poet George Elliott Clarke's, Illicit Sonnets, published over here by the tiny Eyewear Press – a good present if you wish to remind your other half that middle-aged or elderly people still have sex. - Louise Doughty, The Observer
It's a tonic to come across a distinctly erotic book of poetry. George Elliot Clarke’s Illicit Sonnets is just that... Clarke wallows in an exuberant, exaggerated poetry, owing something to Gerald Manley Hopkins and to John Berryman – while the sequence recalls George Meredith’s Modern Sonnets. Sprung versification, alliteration, puns and archaisms proliferate, and the general tone, appropriately enough, is ejaculatory. - Anthony Howells, Fortnightly Review
An Observer Book Of The Year 2013 - Selected by the Author of Apple Tree Yard, (BBC Series)
Clarke carries his words from our heads to our hearts to that gut feeling we all get when we have heard a devastating truth. - Nikki Giovanni
This formidably crafted recreation of a desperate episode should win widespread acclaim. — The Independent
Rough, uncompromising and ultimately heartbreaking.—The Times
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