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In equal balance justly weighed

Slouching toward Democracy

Where have all the wise men gone?

By Populist Demand

When urban and rural voters went separate ways

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Dionne Brand has won numerous awards for her poetry, including the Governor General’s Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Trillium Book Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. In 2009, she was Toronto’s Poet Laureate. This poem comes from her latest collection, The Blue Clerk, a Griffin Poetry Prize nominee. (Printed with permission from McClelland & Stewart, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited, 2018. All rights reserved.)

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