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Ossuaries

by Dionne Brand

McClelland & Stewart | March 30, 2010 | Trade Paperback

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 128 pages, 8.26 × 5.53 × 0.34 in

Published: March 30, 2010

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771017340

ISBN - 13: 9780771017346

Found in: Poetry

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Ossuaries

by Dionne Brand

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 128 pages, 8.26 × 5.53 × 0.34 in

Published: March 30, 2010

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771017340

ISBN - 13: 9780771017346

About the Book

A new collection from one of Canada's most renowned, honoured, and bestselling poets.
Dionne Brand's mesmerizing new collection of poems is about human zoos in the contemporary world, about the bones of fading cultures and ideas, about putting these bones away even as Brand examines their textures of powder and stone, their resilience. There are multiple strands in Ossuaries -- the narrative of a woman fleeing, the sorting of the bones, the museums of spectacle that the poet visits collecting them, and the search for their final place -- and always the political urgency and incantatory lyric intensity for which Brand is justly celebrated.

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ossuary I   I lived and loved, some might say, in momentous times, looking back, my dreams were full of prisons   in our narcotic drifting slumbers, so many dreams of course were full of prisons, mine were without relief   in our induced days and our wingless days, my every waking was incarcerated, each square metre of air so toxic with violence   the atmospheres were breathless there, the bronchial trees were ligatured with carbons   some damage I had expected, but no one expects the violence of glances, of offices, of walkways and train stations, of bathroom mirrors   especially, the vicious telephones, the coarseness of daylight, the brusque decisions of air, the casual homicides of dresses   what brutal hours, what brutal days, do not say, oh find the good in it, do not say, there was virtue; there was no virtue, not even in me   let us begin from there, restraining metals covered my heart, rivulets of some unknown substance transfused my veins   at night, especially at night, it is always at night, a wall of concrete enclosed me, it was impossible to open my eyes   I lived like this as I said without care, tanks rolled into my life, grenades took root in my uterus, I was sickly each morning, so dearly   what to say, life went on around me, I laughed, I had drinks, I gathered with friends   we grinned our aluminum teeth, we exhaled our venomous breaths, we tried to be calm in the invisible architecture   we
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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.

From the Jacket

Praise for Dionne Brand:
"[Brand] makes music and sense of our complex age."
— Jury citation, Governor General's Award

"Brand's luscious and ferocious lines go beyond a critique of dystopian realities to construct, in themselves, in their keen, lyric intelligence, an oasis of truth, compassion, and sensuality."
— Jury Citation, Griffin Poetry Prize

"[Inventory] shows there's no better chronicler of the ache in our body politic…. In the face of the desensitization that comes with a steady diet of the passing horrors contained in the daily news, Inventory is a kind of re-sensitization: lyrically compelling, impassioned and stirring."
— Toronto Star

"Inventory is damning without being superior, sorrowful without falling into self-pity, joyful without becoming naïve…. Inventory is thought-provoking enough with these nuances of rage, despair, guilt. What makes it even more powerful, and hard to put down, is Brand's willingness to match the strength of these desolate lists with a strength of music, dream and intimate feeling."
— Globe and Mail

"You don't read Dionne Brand, you hear her."
— Toronto Life

About the Author

Dionne Brand is a multi-award-winning poet, essayist, and novelist. Her ten volumes of poetry include Land to Light On, winner of the Governor General’s Award and the Trillium Book Award; thirsty, winner of the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and a finalist for the Trillium Book Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the Griffin Poetry Prize; Inventory, a finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the Governor General’s Award; and, most recently, Ossuaries. Her 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, Brand was awarded the prestigious Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the world of books and writing, and, in 2009, she was named Toronto’s Poet Laureate. In addition to her literary accomplishments, Brand is Professor of English in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. She lives in Toronto.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Dionne Brand:
"[Brand] makes music and sense of our complex age."
— Jury citation, Governor General''s Award

"Brand''s luscious and ferocious lines go beyond a critique of dystopian realities to construct, in themselves, in their keen, lyric intelligence, an oasis of truth, compassion, and sensuality."
— Jury Citation, Griffin Poetry Prize

"[Inventory] shows there''s no better chronicler of the ache in our body politic…. In the face of the desensitization that comes with a steady diet of the passing horrors contained in the daily news, Inventory is a kind of re-sensitization: lyrically compelling, impassioned and stirring."
— Toronto Star

"Inventory is damning without being superior, sorrowful without falling into self-pity, joyful without becoming naïve…. Inventory is thought-provoking enough with these nuances of rage, despair, guilt. What makes it even more powerful, and hard to put down, is Brand''s willingness to match the strength of these desolate lists with a strength of music, dream and intimate feeling."
— Globe and Mail

"You don''t read Dionne Brand, you hear her."
— Toronto Life