These are deeply felt poems focusing on the author’s long experience as a judge. In these poems, James Clarke examines what it means to sit in judgement of other people. He challenges his conscience as he examines his life. These are poems which will resonate with anyone who cares about fairness and truth, and particularly anyone who is somehow involved with the legal profession.
James Clarke was born in Peterborough, Ontario, and attended McGill University and Osgoode Hall. He practiced law in Cobourg, Ontario, before his appointment to the Bench in 1983. Clarke served as a judge of the Superior Court of Ontario and is now retired and resides in Guelph, in southwestern Ontario. Clarke is the author of eight collections of poetry. Clarke is also the author of three memoirs: A Mourner’s Kaddish: Suicide and the Rediscovery of Hope (Novalis, 2006) and The Kid from Simcoe Street (Exile Editions, 2012) and L’Arche Journal: A Family’s Experience in Jean Vanier’s Community (Griffin House, 1973).