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.

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.

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.

At the Full and Change of the Moon

At the Full and Change of the Moon
Author: Dionne Brand
Publsiher: Vintage Canada
Total Pages: 316
Release: 2011-05-18
ISBN 10: 0307367614
ISBN 13: 9780307367617
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

At the Full and Change of the Moon Book Review:

In 1824, on the island of Trinidad, Marie Ursule, queen of a secret society of militant slaves, plots a mass suicide - a quiet, passionate act of revolt. But she cannot bring herself to kill her small daughter, Bola, whom she smuggles away in the early dawn light. As Bola's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren spill out across the world to America, Canada and Europe, they find their lives both haunted and vindicated by the dreams and passions of their defiant ancestor. The interconnected stories of six generations of Marie Ursule's descendants form a lush, beguiling and beautifully told history of dispossession, and bring this Governor General's Award-winning writer into the front rank of the world's novelists.

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.

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.

At the Full and Change of the Moon

At the Full and Change of the Moon
Author: Dionne Brand
Publsiher: Grove Press
Total Pages: 302
Release: 2000-08
ISBN 10: 9780802137234
ISBN 13: 0802137237
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

At the Full and Change of the Moon Book Review:

The progeny of a woman who survived a mass suicide of slaves on the island of Trinidad in 1824 spreads out across the globe, participating in 150 years of violence and struggle, two world wars, and the dangerous underworld of the Caribbean. Reprint.

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.

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.

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.

The Social Executive

The Social Executive
Author: Dionne Kasian-Lew
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2014-05-23
ISBN 10: 0730312909
ISBN 13: 9780730312901
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Social Executive Book Review:

Social media is not about social media. It's about leadership and connections. Billions of conversations are taking place in social networks every day. But for busy executives and business owners, time constraints make it hard to dedicate time to demystifying these communication opportunities. In The Social Executive, readers are given evidence-based, data-driven strategies for mastering social media, and using it to enable business success. This book's easy, straightforward, practical style ensures that you will gain a solid working platform in the shortest amount of time possible. The focus is on the reasons why social media is important for executives, and how it aligns perfectly with business strategies. The Social Executive is for analogue people who know they need to be digital but need a guiding hand - the book is a safety net - it's saying - we will guide you there - we will tell you why - we will tell you how - let us help you to remain relevant and become more influential - it's about human communication. It gives the tips and tools to adapt to new online environments, and the confidence to use them to build credibility, authority deeper and new business relationships. Written by Dionne Kasian-Lew, an expert who has advised many executives on the topic of corporate social media use, this resource also helps professionals pinpoint the most important social networks to invest time in, and explores which platforms are best suited for various communication goals. Brings together strategy and concrete actions, so can learn not only the most rewarding approaches, but how best to carry them out Delves into the benefits of a strong presence on the most popular social networks, including Twitter, LinkedIn, SlideShare, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube Presents hard evidence that shows the positive results of investing time and energy in social networks Focuses on the most important aspects of social networks that can be learned in a short period, and is designed for busy professionals Social networks represent a powerful way to make connections and draw attention and interest to your company. This resource can help you hit the ground running and become social media savvy efficiently and effectively.

Refugee States

Refugee States
Author: Vinh Nguyen,Thy Phu
Publsiher: University of Toronto Press
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2021-07-12
ISBN 10: 1487508646
ISBN 13: 9781487508647
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Refugee States Book Review:

Refugee States explores how the figure of the refugee and the concept of refuge shape the Canadian nation-state within a transnational context.

Can the Monster Speak

Can the Monster Speak
Author: Paul B. Preciado
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2021-08-03
ISBN 10: 1635901529
ISBN 13: 9781635901528
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Can the Monster Speak Book Review:

Paul Preciado's controversial 2019 lecture at the École de la Cause Freudienne annual conference, published in a definitive translation for the first time. In November 2019, Paul Preciado was invited to speak in front of 3,500 psychoanalysts at the École de la Cause Freudienne's annual conference in Paris. Standing in front of the profession for whom he is a "mentally ill person" suffering from "gender dysphoria," Preciado draws inspiration in his lecture from Kafka's "Report to an Academy," in which a monkey tells an assembly of scientists that human subjectivity is a cage comparable to one made of metal bars. Speaking from his own "mutant" cage, Preciado does not so much criticize the homophobia and transphobia of the founders of psychoanalysis as demonstrate the discipline's complicity with the ideology of sexual difference dating back to the colonial era--an ideology which is today rendered obsolete by technological advances allowing us to alter our bodies and procreate differently. Preciado calls for a radical transformation of psychological and psychoanalytic discourse and practices, arguing for a new epistemology capable of allowing for a multiplicity of living bodies without reducing the body to its sole heterosexual reproductive capability, and without legitimizing hetero-patriarchal and colonial violence. Causing a veritable outcry among the assembly, Preciado was heckled and booed and unable to finish. The lecture, filmed on smartphones, was published online, where fragments were transcribed, translated, and published with no regard for exactitude. With this volume, Can the Monster Speak? is published in a definitive translation for the first time.

Amusing Ourselves to Death

Amusing Ourselves to Death
Author: Neil Postman
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2005-12-27
ISBN 10: 9780143036531
ISBN 13: 014303653X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Amusing Ourselves to Death Book Review:

What happens when media and politics become forms of entertainment? As our world begins to look more and more like Orwell's 1984, Neil's Postman's essential guide to the modern media is more relevant than ever. "It's unlikely that Trump has ever read Amusing Ourselves to Death, but his ascent would not have surprised Postman.” -CNN Originally published in 1985, Neil Postman’s groundbreaking polemic about the corrosive effects of television on our politics and public discourse has been hailed as a twenty-first-century book published in the twentieth century. Now, with television joined by more sophisticated electronic media—from the Internet to cell phones to DVDs—it has taken on even greater significance. Amusing Ourselves to Death is a prophetic look at what happens when politics, journalism, education, and even religion become subject to the demands of entertainment. It is also a blueprint for regaining control of our media, so that they can serve our highest goals. “A brilliant, powerful, and important book. This is an indictment that Postman has laid down and, so far as I can see, an irrefutable one.” –Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

Angelique

Angelique
Author: Lorena Gale
Publsiher: Theatre Communications Group
Total Pages: 76
Release: 2000
ISBN 10: 9780887545856
ISBN 13: 0887545858
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Angelique Book Review:

A period play that presses on a contemporary conscience.

Soucouyant

Soucouyant
Author: David Chariandy
Publsiher: arsenal pulp press
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2007-09-01
ISBN 10: 1551523760
ISBN 13: 9781551523767
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Soucouyant Book Review:

A “soucoyant” is an evil spirit in Caribbean lore, a reminder of past transgressions that refuse to diminish with age. In this beautifully told novel that crosses borders, cultures, and generations, a young man returns home to care for his aging mother, who suffers from dementia. In his efforts to help her and by turn make amends for their past estrangement from one another, he is compelled to re-imagine his mother’s stories for her before they slip completely into darkness. In delicate, heartbreaking tones, the names for everyday things fade while at the same time a beautiful, haunted life, stained by grief, is slowly revealed.

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.

The Urban Condition Literary Trajectories through Canada s Postmetropolis

The Urban Condition  Literary Trajectories through Canada   s Postmetropolis
Author: Eva Darias-Beautell
Publsiher: Vernon Press
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2019-06-04
ISBN 10: 1622735587
ISBN 13: 9781622735587
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Urban Condition Literary Trajectories through Canada s Postmetropolis Book Review:

Examining the centrality of the city in Canadian literary production post-1960, this collection of critical essays presents an interdisciplinary representation of the urban from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. By analysing contemporary Canadian literature (in English), the contributors intend to produce not only an alternative picture of the national literary traditions but also fresh articulations of the relationship between (Canadian) identity, citizenship, and nation. Since the 1960s, metropolitan regions across the world have experienced radical transformation. For critical urban studies scholars, this phenomenon has been described as a ‘restructuring’. This study argues that in Canada this ‘restructuring’ has been accompanied by a literary rearrangement of its canon, consisting of a gradual shift of focus from the wild or rural to the urban. Alluding to the changes within contemporary Canadian cities, the term ‘postmetropolis’ locates the contributors’ shared theoretical framework within a critical postmodern paradigm. Centered on a particular selection of poetic or fictional texts, each essay pushes the theoretical framework further, suggesting the need for new tools of interpretation and analysis. This book presents an urban literary portrait of Canada that is both thematically and conceptually coherent. Using a range of interdisciplinary methodologies, it adeptly navigates a range of urban issues such as surveillance, asylum, diaspora, mobility, the queer, and the post-political. This book will be of interest to those studying or working on Canadian literature, both in Canada and internationally, as well as to those scholars engaged in investigations that intersect literature and urban studies.

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. "