Item: A signed copy of the poetry book ‘Gil Scott Heron is on Parole’
Book Information: “Opening the book is like turning on the radio to something quite funky. It sets you moving in its own time. The translation of rhythms from music into print; that’s the achievement, impressive, as the many who write poetry will know, the significance, of Clarke’s collection. Turn to any title. You’ll find its movement gets into your own, into your foot against the chair leg, your fingers on the keypad. It gives you an idea of the strength to be found in Clarke’s live performances…Even not carrying the revolution under its arm, her book should certainly make the streets.” -Greg Westenberg, Crikey.
Brief Bio: Maxine Beneba Clarke is a West Indian-Australian writer & poetry slam champion. Her essays, fiction & short stories have been broadcast & published nationally, including in Voiceworks, the Age, the Big Issue, Overland, Kunapipi, Peril & Going Down Swinging, on 3CR radio’s Spoken Word and Hip Sista Hop and on RRR radio’s Aural Text and Max Headroom. Maxine’s second poetry collection Gil Scott Heron is on Parole was published by Picaro Press in 2010.