In this collection of deeply felt poems, James Clarke challenges his conscience as he examines his decades-long experience as a judge, exploring what it means to sit in judgement of people, and what attaining such a position entails. These are poems that will resonate with anyone who cares about fairness, truth, power, and freedom because Clarke allows us to peek under Madame Justice’s blindfold, giving us a rare glimpse of her concerned, but very human face.”
James Clarke was born in Peterborough, Ontario, attended McGill University and Osgoode Hall. He practiced law in Cobourg, Ontario, before his appointment to the Bench in 1983 where he served as a judge of the Superior Court of Ontario. He is now retired and resides in Guelph, Ontario. Clarke is the author of eight collections of poetry published by Exile Editions, and three memoirs: The Kid from Simcoe Street (Exile Editions, 2012), A Mourner’s Kaddish: Suicide and the Rediscovery of Hope (Novalis, 2006), L’Arche Journal: A Family’s Experience in Jean Vanier’s Community (Griffin House, 1973). In addition, James Clarke’s poetry has appeared nine time in the Legal Studies Forum, published by the University of West Virginia law school.