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"Land to Light On" opens onto the landscape of Canada. Out here I am not even safe as the sea, she writes. If I am peaceful is not peace, /is getting used to harm. Brand writes about a place where she is an outsider as any poet or painter must be and also about the many outsiders who have come here and settled over the years, uncomfortable with the land and its people, uncomfortable sometimes with themselves. No one writes about this country like Brand, free of post-colonial cant yet selvedged with Black suffering in the Americas. Speaking of memory but without a longing for the past, these poems hover between story and song; between groundings of life, wherever your landfall, and the grace of love and light. They ring with a poet s hesitations, a woman s praise and prayer for her people and their place. It always takes long to come to what you have to say, you have to/sweep this stretch of land up around your feet and point to the/signs, pleat whole histories with pins in your mouth and guess/at the fall of words. "

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780771016455
ISBN-10: 077101645X
Format: Paperback / softback
(215mm x 162mm x 8mm)
Pages: 112
Imprint: McClelland & Stewart
Publish Date: 15-Aug-2011
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Brand

Dionne Brand is a poet and novelist living in Toronto. She was recently named the Poet Laureate of Toronto. Her ten volumes of poetry include Land to Light On, winner of the Governor General s Award and the Trillium Book Award in 1997; thirsty, winner of the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and a finalist for the Trillium Book Award and the Griffin Poetry Prize; Inventory, a finalist for the Governor General s Award; and the forthcoming Ossuaries. Dionne Brand s most recent novel, What We All Long For, was published to great acclaim in Canada and Italy in 2005, and won the Toronto Book Award. In 2006, she won the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the world of books and writing. Brand is Professor of English in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph."