Inventory

Inventory
Author: Dionne Brand
Publsiher: McClelland & Stewart
Total Pages: 112
Release: 2013-11-26
ISBN 10: 1551994224
ISBN 13: 9781551994222
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Inventory Book Review:

In Dionne Brand’s incantatory, deeply engaged, beautifully crafted long poem, the question is asked, What would an inventory of the tumultuous early years of this new century have to account for? Alert to the upheavals that mark those years, Brand bears powerful witness to the seemingly unending wars, the ascendance of fundamentalisms, the nameless casualties that bloom out from near and distant streets. An inventory in form and substance, Brand’s poem reckons with the revolutionary songs left to fragment, the postmodern cities drowned and blistering, the devastation flickering across TV screens grown rhythmic and predictable. Inventory is an urgent and burning lamentation.

The Blue Clerk

The Blue Clerk
Author: Dionne Brand
Publsiher: McClelland & Stewart
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2018-09-18
ISBN 10: 0771070829
ISBN 13: 9780771070822
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Blue Clerk Book Review:

Dionne Brand, author of the Griffin Poetry Prize-winning collection Ossuaries, returns with a startlingly original work about the act of writing itself. On a lonely wharf a clerk in an ink blue coat inspects bales and bales of paper that hold a poet's accumulated left-hand pages--the unwritten, the withheld, the unexpressed, the withdrawn, the restrained. In The Blue Clerk award-winning poet Dionne Brand stages a conversation and an argument between the poet and the Blue Clerk, who is the keeper of the poet's pages. In their dialogues--which take shape as a series of haunting prose poems--the poet and the clerk invoke a host of writers, philosophers, and artists, from Jacob Lawrence, Lola Keipja, and Walter Benjamin to John Coltrane, Josephine Turalba, and Jorge Luis Borges. Through these essay poems, Brand explores memory, language, culture, and time, offering beautiful and jarring juxtapositions ("The Wire is the latest version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"), and endlessly haunting language ("On a road like this you don't know where you are. Whether you have arrived or whether you are still on your way. Whether you are still at the beginning or at the end. You are in the middle all the time. What would be the sign?"). An essential observer and one of the most accomplished poets writing today, Dionne Brand's latest engages intimately with the act and difficulty of writing, the relationship between the author and the world, and the relationship between the author and art. Profound, moving, and wise in equal parts, The Blue Clerk is a work of staggering intellect and imagination, and a truly sublime piece of writing from one of Canada's most renowned, honoured, and bestselling poets.

Ossuaries

Ossuaries
Author: Dionne Brand
Publsiher: McClelland & Stewart
Total Pages: 112
Release: 2010-03-30
ISBN 10: 0771017367
ISBN 13: 9780771017360
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ossuaries Book Review:

Dionne Brand’s hypnotic, urgent long poem – her first book of poetry in four years, is about the bones of fading cultures and ideas, about the living museums of spectacle where these bones are found. At the centre of Ossuaries is the narrative of Yasmine, a woman living an underground life, fleeing from past actions and regrets, in a perpetual state of movement. She leads a solitary clandestine life, crossing borders actual (Algiers, Cuba, Canada), and timeless. Cold-eyed and cynical, she contemplates the periodic crises of the contemporary world. This is a work of deep engagement, sensuality, and ultimate craft from an essential observer of our time and one of the most accomplished poets writing today.

A Map to the Door of No Return

A Map to the Door of No Return
Author: Dionne Brand
Publsiher: Vintage Canada
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2012-08-07
ISBN 10: 038567483X
ISBN 13: 9780385674836
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Map to the Door of No Return Book Review:

A Map to the Door of No Return is a timely book that explores the relevance and nature of identity and belonging in a culturally diverse and rapidly changing world. It is an insightful, sensitive and poetic book of discovery. Drawing on cartography, travels, narratives of childhood in the Caribbean, journeys across the Canadian landscape, African ancestry, histories, politics, philosophies and literature, Dionne Brand sketches the shifting borders of home and nation, the connection to place in Canada and the world beyond. The title, A Map to the Door of No Return, refers to both a place in imagination and a point in history -- the Middle Passage. The quest for identity and place has profound meaning and resonance in an age of heterogenous identities. In this exquisitely written and thought-provoking new work, Dionne Brand creates a map of her own art.

Land to Light on

Land to Light on
Author: Dionne Brand
Publsiher: McClelland & Stewart Limited
Total Pages: 103
Release: 1997
ISBN 10: 077101645X
ISBN 13: 9780771016455
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Land to Light on Book Review:

A classic, prize-winning novel about an epic migration and a lone woman haunted by the past in frontier Waipu. In the 1850s, a group of settlers established a community at Waipu in the northern part of New Zealand. They were led there by a stern preacher, Norman McLeod. The community had followed him from Scotland in 1817 to found a settlement in Nova Scotia, then subsequently to New Zealand via Australia. Their incredible journeys actually happened, and in this winner of the New Zealand Book Awards, Fiona Kidman breathes life and contemporary relevance into the facts by creating a remarkable fictional story of three women entangled in the migrations - Isabella, her daughter Annie and granddaughter Maria. McLeod's harsh leadership meant that anyone who ran counter to him had to live a life of secrets. The 'secrets' encapsulated the spirit of these women in their varied reactions to McLeod's strict edicts and connect the past to the present and future.

The Dyzgraphxst

The Dyzgraphxst
Author: Canisia Lubrin
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2020-03-24
ISBN 10: 0771048696
ISBN 13: 9780771048692
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dyzgraphxst Book Review:

Windham-Campbell Prize, Winner OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, Winner OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature Poetry, Winner Griffin Poetry Prize, Finalist Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry, Finalist Rebel Women Lit Caribbean Reader's Awards, Finalist Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry, Finalist Trillium Book Award for Poetry, Finalist Raymond Souster Award, Longlist Pat Lowther Memorial Award, Longlist Quill & Quire 2020 Books of the Year: Editor's Picks CBC Best Canadian Poetry of 2020 Winnipeg Free Press Top 10 Poetry Picks of 2020 The Paris Review, Contributor's Edition, Best Books of 2020 The Dyzgraphxst presents seven inquiries into selfhood through the perennial figure Jejune. Polyvocal in register, the book moves to mine meanings of kinship through the wide and intimate reach of language across geographies and generations. Against the contemporary backdrop of intensified capitalist fascism, toxic nationalism, and climate disaster, the figure Jejune asks, how have I come to make home out of unrecognizability. Marked by and through diasporic life, Jejune declares, I was not myself. I am not myself. My self resembles something having nothing to do with me.

Theory

Theory
Author: Dionne Brand
Publsiher: Knopf Canada
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2018-09-18
ISBN 10: 073527424X
ISBN 13: 9780735274242
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Theory Book Review:

A smart, sensual and witty novel about what happens when love and intellect are set on a collision course. This compact tour de force affirms Dionne Brand's place as one of Canada's most dazzling and influential artists. Theory begins as its narrator sets out, like many a graduate student, to write a wildly ambitious thesis on the past, present, and future of art, culture, race, gender, class, and politics--a revolutionary work that its author believes will synthesize and thereby transform the world. While our narrator tries to complete this magnum opus, three lovers enter the story, one after the other, each transforming the endeavour: first, there is beautiful and sensual Selah, who scoffs at the narrator's constant tinkering with academic abstractions; then altruistic and passionate Yara, who rescues every lost soul who crosses her path; and finally, spiritual occultist Odalys, who values magic and superstition over the heady intellectual and cultural circles the narrator aspires to inhabit. Each galvanizing love affair (representing, in turn, the heart, the head and the spirit) upends and reorients the narrator's life and, inevitably, requires an overhaul of the ever larger and more unwieldy dissertation, with results both humorous and poignant. By effortlessly telling this short, intense tale in the voice of an unnamed, ungendered (and brilliantly unreliable) narrator, Dionne Brand makes a bold statement not only about love and personhood, but about race and gender--and what can and cannot be articulated in prose when the forces that inhabit the space between words are greater than words themselves. A gorgeous, profoundly moving, word- and note-perfect novel of ideas that only a great artist at the height of her powers could write.

Love Enough

Love Enough
Author: Dionne Brand
Publsiher: Knopf Canada
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2014-09-30
ISBN 10: 0345808908
ISBN 13: 9780345808905
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Love Enough Book Review:

From our acclaimed poet and novelist: a gem of a novel that sizzles about love--between lovers, between friends, and for the places we live in--and pays homage to each moment of experience. Love lasted only one year but the time felt like several springs strung together. In Love Enough, the sharp beauty of Brand's writing draws us effortlessly into the intersecting stories of her characters caught in the middle of choices, apprehensions, fears. Each of the tales here--June's, Bedri's, Da'uud's, Lia's opens a different window on the city they all live in, mostly in parallel, but occasionally, delicately, touching and crossing one another. Each story radiates other stories. In these pages, the urban landscape cannot be untangled from the emotional one; they mingle, shift and cleave to one another. The young man Bedri experiences the terrible isolation brought about by an act of violence, while his father, Da'uud, casualty of a geopolitical conflict, driving a taxi, is witness to curious gestures of love and anger; Lia faces the sometimes unbridgeable chasms of family; and fierce June, ambivalent and passionate with her string of lovers, now in middle age discovers: "There is nothing universal or timeless about this love business. It is hard if you really want to do it right." Brand is our greatest observer--of actions, of emotions, of the little things that often go unnoticed but can mean the turn of a day. At once lucid and dream-like, Love Enough is a profoundly modern work that speaks to the most fundamental questions of how we live now.

Evidence

Evidence
Author: Mary Oliver
Publsiher: Beacon Press
Total Pages: 88
Release: 2009-04-01
ISBN 10: 0807097446
ISBN 13: 9780807097441
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Evidence Book Review:

Never afraid to shed the pretense of academic poetry, never shy of letting the power of an image lie in unadorned language, Mary Oliver offers us poems of arresting beauty that reflect on the power of love and the great gifts of the natural world. Inspired by the familiar lines from William Wordsworth, "To me the meanest flower that blows can give / Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears," she uncovers the evidence presented to us daily by nature, in rivers and stones, willows and field corn, the mockingbird's "embellishments," or the last hours of darkness.

The Snow Line

The Snow Line
Author: Tessa McWatt
Publsiher: Random House Canada
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2021-08-24
ISBN 10: 1039000029
ISBN 13: 9781039000025
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Snow Line Book Review:

Northern India, 2009. Four travellers disembark from the Dhauladhar Express, having arrived in Punjab to attend a wedding. As they gather with other guests at the traditional Indian wedding, Jackson and Reema develop a reluctant, unlikely friendship that grows through mutual need and a slowly developing trust, and together with Yosh and Monica, they embark on a post-wedding journey to the Himalayas. As they travel together, secrets are revealed, and each of them is opened up to more questions than answers. Author of "Where Are You Agnes?" Hometown: Toronto, ON. Print run 5,000.

Shame on Me

Shame on Me
Author: Tessa McWatt
Publsiher: Random House Canada
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2020-03-24
ISBN 10: 0735277443
ISBN 13: 9780735277441
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shame on Me Book Review:

FINALIST FOR THE GOVERNOR GENERAL'S AWARD FOR NON-FICTION Interrogating our ideas of race through the lens of her own multi-racial identity, critically acclaimed novelist Tessa McWatt turns her eye on herself, her body and this world in a powerful new work of non-fiction. Tessa McWatt has been called Susie Wong, Pocahontas and "black bitch," and has been judged not black enough by people who assume she straightens her hair. Now, through a close examination of her own body--nose, lips, hair, skin, eyes, ass, bones and blood--which holds up a mirror to the way culture reads all bodies, she asks why we persist in thinking in terms of race today when racism is killing us. Her grandmother's family fled southern China for British Guiana after her great uncle was shot in his own dentist's chair during the First Sino-Japanese War. McWatt is made of this woman and more: those who arrived in British Guiana from India as indentured labour and those who were brought from Africa as cargo to work on the sugar plantations; colonists and those whom colonialism displaced. How do you tick a box on a census form or job application when your ancestry is Scottish, English, French, Portuguese, Indian, Amerindian, African and Chinese? How do you finally answer a question first posed to you in grade school: "What are you?" And where do you find a sense of belonging in a supposedly "post-racial" world where shadism, fear of blackness, identity politics and call-out culture vie with each other noisily, relentlessly and still lethally? Shame on Me is a personal and powerful exploration of history and identity, colour and desire from a writer who, having been plagued with confusion about her race all her life, has at last found kinship and solidarity in story.

The Written World

The Written World
Author: Martin Puchner
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 412
Release: 2017
ISBN 10: 0812998936
ISBN 13: 9780812998931
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Written World Book Review:

"The story of literature in sixteen acts, from Alexander the Great and the Iliad to ebooks and Harry Potter, this engaging book brings together remarkable people and surprising events to show how writing shaped cultures, religions, and the history of the world"--

Toward Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the 21st Century

Toward Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the 21st Century
Author: National Research Council,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources,Committee on Twenty-First Century Systems Agriculture
Publsiher: National Academies Press
Total Pages: 598
Release: 2010-07-25
ISBN 10: 0309148960
ISBN 13: 9780309148962
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Toward Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the 21st Century Book Review:

In the last 20 years, there has been a remarkable emergence of innovations and technological advances that are generating promising changes and opportunities for sustainable agriculture, yet at the same time the agricultural sector worldwide faces numerous daunting challenges. Not only is the agricultural sector expected to produce adequate food, fiber, and feed, and contribute to biofuels to meet the needs of a rising global population, it is expected to do so under increasingly scarce natural resources and climate change. Growing awareness of the unintended impacts associated with some agricultural production practices has led to heightened societal expectations for improved environmental, community, labor, and animal welfare standards in agriculture. Toward Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the 21st Century assesses the scientific evidence for the strengths and weaknesses of different production, marketing, and policy approaches for improving and reducing the costs and unintended consequences of agricultural production. It discusses the principles underlying farming systems and practices that could improve the sustainability. It also explores how those lessons learned could be applied to agriculture in different regional and international settings, with an emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. By focusing on a systems approach to improving the sustainability of U.S. agriculture, this book can have a profound impact on the development and implementation of sustainable farming systems. Toward Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the 21st Century serves as a valuable resource for policy makers, farmers, experts in food production and agribusiness, and federal regulatory agencies.

Fierce Departures

Fierce Departures
Author: Dionne Brand
Publsiher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
Total Pages: 59
Release: 2009-01-01
ISBN 10: 1554581737
ISBN 13: 9781554581733
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fierce Departures Book Review:

The selections in "Fierce Departures," drawn from Dionne BrandOCOs work since 1997, delineate with searing eloquence how history marks and dislocates peoples of the African diaspora, how nations, concretely and conceptually, fail to create safe haven, and how human desire persists nevertheless. Through a widening canvas, Brand unfolds the (im)possibilities of belonging for those whom history has dispossessed. Yet she also shows how Canada, and in particular Toronto, remade by those who alight on it, is a place of contingency. Known for her linguistic intensity and lyric brilliance, Brand consoles through the beauty of her work and disturbs with its uncompromising demand for ethical witness. In her introduction, editor Leslie C. Sanders traces the evolution of BrandOCOs poetic concerns and changing vision. In particular, she observes BrandOCOs complex use of landscape and language to delineate the ethical and emotional issues around the desire for place. She argues that Brand reformulates Northrop FryeOCOs question OC Where is here?, OCO disturbing and expanding the national imaginary. As afterword, Brand has selected passages from her evocative collection of essays "A Map to the Door of No Return." Read as an "ars poetica," the passages summon the presences of those whose lives are circumscribed by the histories the poet narrates as her own. "

Dominoes at the Crossroads

Dominoes at the Crossroads
Author: Kaie Kellough
Publsiher: Esplanade Books
Total Pages: 180
Release: 2020-01-20
ISBN 10: 9781550655315
ISBN 13: 1550655310
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dominoes at the Crossroads Book Review:

In Dominoes at the Crossroads Kaie Kellough maps an alternate nation--one populated by Caribbean Canadians who hopscotch across the country. The characters navigate race, class, and coming-of-age. Seeking opportunity, some fade into the world around them, even as their minds hitchhike, dream, and soar. Some appear in different times and hemispheres, whether as student radicals, secret agents, historians, fugitive slaves, or jazz musicians. From the cobblestones of Montreal's Old Port through the foliage of a South American rainforest; from a basement in wartime Paris to a metro in Montréal during the October Crisis; Kellough's fierce imagination reconciles the personal and ancestral experience with the present moment, grappling with the abiding feeling of being elsewhere, even when here.

Make the World New

Make the World New
Author: Lillian Allen
Publsiher: Laurier Poetry
Total Pages: 88
Release: 2021-04-15
ISBN 10: 9781771124959
ISBN 13: 1771124954
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Make the World New Book Review:

Selected works of dub poet Lillian Allen, Writer/Poet/Spoken Word artist extraordinaire, considered the mother of Dub Poetry in North America. Awarded a City of Toronto Cultural Champion Award in 2011, Lillian's artistic and activist work has been instrumental in helping to transform the Canadian cultural landscape from the seventies. Introduction by Ronald Cummings and an afterword by Lillian Allen

An Autobiography of the Autobiography of Reading

An Autobiography of the Autobiography of Reading
Author: Dionne Brand
Publsiher: University of Alberta
Total Pages: 72
Release: 2020-01-28
ISBN 10: 1772125156
ISBN 13: 9781772125153
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Autobiography of the Autobiography of Reading Book Review:

The geopolitics of empire had already prepared me for this...coloniality constructs outsides and insides—worlds to be chosen, disturbed, interpreted, and navigated—in order to live something like a real self. Internationally acclaimed poet and novelist Dionne Brand reflects on her early reading of colonial literature and how it makes Black being inanimate. She explores her encounters with colonial, imperialist, and racist tropes; the ways that practices of reading and writing are shaped by those narrative structures; and the challenges of writing a narrative of Black life that attends to its own expression and its own consciousness.

No Language is Neutral

No Language is Neutral
Author: Dionne Brand
Publsiher: M&S
Total Pages: 50
Release: 1998
ISBN 10: 9780771016462
ISBN 13: 0771016468
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

No Language is Neutral Book Review:

A joyful, imagistic discovery of woman as speaker and subject. As a woman, a black, and a lesbian, Brand arrives at a rigorous and nakedly ruthless reclamation of the poetic.

What We All Long For

What We All Long For
Author: Dionne Brand
Publsiher: Vintage Canada
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2011-05-18
ISBN 10: 0307367622
ISBN 13: 9780307367624
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What We All Long For Book Review:

“They were born in the city from people born elsewhere.” What We All Long For follows the overlapping stories of a close circle of second-generation twenty-somethings living in downtown Toronto. There’s Tuyen, a lesbian avant-garde artist and the daughter of Vietnamese parents who’ve never recovered from losing one of their children in the crush to board a boat out of Vietnam in the 1970s. Tuyen defines herself in opposition to just about everything her family believes in and strives for. She’s in love with her best friend Carla, a biracial bicycle courier, who’s still reeling from the loss of her mother to suicide eighteen years earlier and who must now deal with her brother Jamal’s latest acts of delinquency. Oku is a jazz-loving poet who, unbeknownst to his Jamaican-born parents, has dropped out of university. He is in constant conflict with his narrow-minded and verbally abusive father and tormented by his unrequited love for Jackie, a gorgeous black woman who runs a hip clothing shop on Queen Street West and dates only white men. Like each of her friends, Jackie feels alienated from her parents, former hipsters from Nova Scotia who never made it out of subsidized housing after their lives became entangled with desire and disappointment. The four characters try to make a life for themselves in the city, supporting one another through their family struggles. There’s a fifth main character, Quy, the child who Tuyen’s parents lost in Vietnam. In his first-person narrative, Quy describes how he survived in various refugee camps, then in the Thai underworld. After years of being hardened, he has finally made his way to Toronto and will soon be reunited with his family – whether to love them or hurt them, it’s not clear. His story builds to a breathless crescendo in an ending that will both shock and satisfy readers. What We All Long For is a gripping and, at times, heart-rending story about identity, longing and loss in a cosmopolitan city. No other writer has presented such a powerful and richly textured portrait of present-day Toronto. Rinaldo Walcott writes in The Globe and Mail: “… every great city has its literary moments, and contemporary Toronto has been longing for one. We can now say with certainty that we no longer have to long for a novel that speaks this city’s uniqueness: Dionne Brand has given us exactly that.” Donna Bailey Nurse writes in the National Post: “What We All Long For is a watershed novel. From now on, Canadian writers will be pressed to portray contemporary Toronto in all its multiracial colour and polyphonic sound.” But What We All Long For is not only about a particular city. It’s about the universal experience of being human. As Walcott puts it, “Brand makes us see ourselves differently and anew. She translates our desires and experiences into a language, an art that allows us to voice that which we live, but could not utter or bring to voice until she did so for us.”

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Author: Hunter S. Thompson
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2010-09-29
ISBN 10: 030774406X
ISBN 13: 9780307744067
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Book Review:

This cult classic of gonzo journalism is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page. It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken. Now a major motion picture from Universal, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro.