Red joins George Elliott Clarke?s previous ?colouring? books?Blue and Black?in which he displays an expansive range of poetic forms and rhetorical poses. Its poems mix the candid sexuality of pre-Christian Rome with the pop sentimentally of Italian screen scores of the 1960s and 70s, drenching us in the brute violence of Titus Andronicus, the reflections of Malcolm X and the music of Charles Mingus (whose ?bass sounds like a typewriter/Punctuating Ulysses?). Whether he situates his reader in his father?s Halifax cab, on a beach in Rhodes, or in front of Alma Duncan?s painting Young Black Girl, Clarke is ever sensitive to ?the hard work of words,/The even harder work of love.? Red rings with Clarke?s lush voice, full-throated and unparalleled.