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Lasso the Wind

Aurelia's Verses and other Poems

by George Elliott Clarke
illustrated by Susan Tooke

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list price: $24.95
published: 2013
publisher: Nimbus Publishing
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Awards (English Fiction)
  • Winner, Atlantic Book Awards, Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration
  • Short-listed, Libris Award for Best Canadian Children's Picture Book
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Can you lasso the wind?

Can you whip it a-gale?

Can you make oceans bend

To cradle each lost whale?

Lasso the Wind is the first collection of children’s poetry by renowned poet and playwright George Elliott Clarke. By turns absurd, witty, playful, and profound, Clarke’s poems speak to the vivid wonder, the bright joys, and the secret pains of growing up in this world.

With bold and contemporary illustrations by Susan Tooke, Lasso the Wind is a masterpiece.

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Contributor notes

Dr. George Elliott Clarke, O.C., O.N.S., Ph.D., is a native of Windsor, Nova Scotia, and is the Poet Laureate of Toronto, Ontario, where he teaches Canadian literature at the University of Toronto. His prize-winning books comprise poetry—Whylah Falls (1990), Execution Poems (2000), and Blues and Bliss (2008)—and a novel, George & Rue (2004). His daughter, Aurelia, has shortened "Papa" to "Pup," which is his most cherished title.

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