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Stories from Blue Latitudes: Caribbean Women Writers at Home and Abroad
Elizabeth Nunez (Editor)
1580051391
December 2005
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Book Description
Stories from Blue Latitudes gathers the major and emerging women fiction writers from the Caribbean, including Dionne Brand, Michelle Cliff, Merle Collins, Edwidge Danticat, Jamaica Kincaid, Paule Marshall, and Pauline Melville. Similar themes grace their stories of life at home and abroad. In some, the sexual exploitation of Caribbean girls and women becomes a metaphor for neocolonialism, a biting rejoinder to enticing travel brochures that depict the Caribbean as a tropical playground and encourage Americans to "make it your own." Other tales deal with the sad legacy of colonial history and the ways in which race, skin color, and class complicate relationships between men and women, parents and children.

But whether writing about childhood or adulthood, life in the islands or life abroad, the writers express their...



In Another Place, Not Here
Dionne Brand
0802136338
February 2000
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Book Review
This is poet, essayist, and film-maker Dionne Brand's first novel. The same sensuous language and imagery that informs her other work is present in this story of two contemporary Caribbean women. Elizete and Verlia appear to be opposites. Elizete is a poor islander who dreams of escaping to a life of freedom and prosperity in a city. Verlia is a jaded Canadian who leaves Toronto to return to her island homeland where she hopes to find revolution and authenticity. Each woman sees her fantasy in the other, comparing their urban and rural lifestyles, material wealth and poverty, and different spiritualities. While this book is certainly about the differences between the two women's lives, it is also very much about the power of our fantasies and how we project onto people the things we want to see. Brand's supple, poetic...


Inventory
Dionne Brand
077101662X
Mar 2006
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Poets Talk: Interviews with Robert Kroetsch, Daphne Marlatt, Erin Mouri, Dionne Brand, Marie Annharte Baker, Jeff Derksen, and Fred Wah
Pauline Butling (Editor)
0888644310
June 2005
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Were Rooted Here & They Cant
Peggy Bristow
0802068812
Aug 1994
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At the Full and Change of the Moon
Dionne Brand
0802137237
September 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
Close on the heels of her well-received first novel (In Another Place, Not Here), Brand delivers a distinguished, visionary work, grounded in the language and legacy of her native Trinidad. Intricately structured and lyrically narrated, the novel invokes the powerful influence of hereditary forces on the far-flung descendants of Marie-Ursule, Trinidadian queen of a secret society of militant slaves. In 1823, in a supreme gesture of rebellion, Marie-Ursule orchestrates a mass slave suicide, from which only her young daughter Bola is spared. In her hideaway at an abandoned monastery on the tip of the island, Bola sinks deep into the spirit of the land and the sea. Roused from her reveries when other islanders move nearby, she has nine children with nine different men, none of whom can tame her. She shuttles her...


Earth Magic
Dionne Brand
1553377060
March 2006
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From Booklist
Gr. 4-7. Well known in Canada for her adult poetry, Brand celebrates Trinidad, her birthplace, in her debut collection for youth. The rhythmic selections, seemingly narrated by a girl, are filled with a child's view of island life, and the natural world appears as characters capable of powerful action. The struggles of work are clear: "Maybe I'll go to school / when the crop is in," read lines from "11 Years Old." But just as clear are the child's strong, ambitious hopes, which pop up in "Skipping Rope Song": "I wanna be great / a hot shot lawyer, / a famous dancer, / a tough operator." Fernandes' striking, acrylic collage artwork beautifully extends the moods and metaphors in vibrantly colored scenes that amplify the sense of mysticism while reinforcing the poems' concrete images. Pair these fine selections with Monica...


No Pain like This Body
Harold Sonny Ladoo
0887846890
August 2003
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Book Description
First published by Anansi in 1972, No Pain Like This Body remains a classic of Canadian and Caribbean writing. Set in a turn-of-the-century Hindu community in the Eastern Caribbean, the novel describes the perilous existence of a poor rice-growing family during the August rainy season. Their struggles to cope with illness, a drunken and unpredictable father, and the violence of the elements end in unbearable loss. Through vivid, vertiginous prose, and with brilliant economy and originality, Ladoo creates a fearful world of violation and grief, in the face of which even the most despairing efforts to endure stand out as acts of raw courage.

About the Author
Harold Sonny Ladoo is the author of Yesterdays. He was born in Trinidad before he went abroad, emigrating to Canada in...


Sans Souci: And Other Stories
Dionne Brand
0932379702
October 1989
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From Publishers Weekly
Brooding, obsessive stories of contemporary black life in Canada and the Caribbean offer an intimate view of women driven by poverty to leave their homes for a hostile new country. Most works are essentially monologues, capturing the language and experiences of illegal aliens isolated yet further by their sex. Brand, the author of several nonfiction titles including Earth Magic , impresses with her fictional debut; her lyrical gifts are unobtrusively displayed, and her characters are affecting. A black nanny in "No rinsed blue sky, no red flower fences" lower case per book typography holds her little charges' hands "as if they were more precious than she, made of gold, and she just the black earth around." The narrator of "At the Lisbon Plate" detests such black self-abnegation and caustically criticizes the...


Thirsty
Dionne Brand
0771016441
April 2002
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Book Description
This is a poem about the city. About a man who has visions, hovering on the edge but hating it, restless and at war with the world but wanting the peace that passeth understanding. Everything he does is half-done, except his death. When he falls, his parched spirit crying "thirsty," his family falls apart. This is a poem about Toronto, the city that’s never happened before, about waiting for a bus, standing on a corner, watching a stranger: the bank to one corner, the driving school on another, the milk store and the church. This is also about the poet, her own restless sensibility woven in and out through moments of lyric beauty, dramatic power and storytelling grace. It is written in the margins, like a medieval manuscript with shades of light and darkness.

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Bread Out of Stone
Dionne Brand
0889104921
Jan 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
A new breed of black cultural critic is emerging in the English-speaking world. Informed by international, African-centered pop music and by the feminist, Afro-American, Caribbean and Afro-British political movements of the 1960s, thinkers such as Cornel West, bell hooks, Patricia Williams and Paul Gilroy go beyond traditional categories to emerge with a new style of thinking about cultural concerns. They often use feminism and legal and social theory to inform their critiques of contemporary inequities. These thinkers of the "Black Atlantic" (to use Gilroy's term) include Trinidad-born Canadian poet and lesbian-feminist Marxist Dionne Brand. In Bread Out of Stone, she reflects on immigrant life in a changing Canada (she lives in Toronto) from vantage points in Cuba and Grenada, at Wellesley College and in her...


15 Canadian Poets X 3
Gary Geddes
0195416430
June 2001
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Book Description
This is the fourth edition of Gary Geddes' highly successful anthology of Canadian poetry. All of the poets included in the previous editions have been retained, although their selections have been carefully reconsidered. Among new poets added to this edition are Anne Carson, Dionne Brand,
Daphne Marlatt, and Fred Wah.


Caribbean Shadows and Victorian Ghosts: Women's Writing and Decolonization
Kathleen J. Renk
0813918359
April 1999
Hardcover
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