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Re several passages that were eartbreaking because they spoke to loneliness depression confusion waiting She was working edges If she could straighten out the seam she d curled Perpetual Power (The Tressa Tremaine Series Book 1) herself into iron it out like a wrinkle sprinkle some water on it and then iron it out careful careful not to burn Sheas too much to tell That s the answer too much she Celine holds and no place to put it down that would be safe She was trying to collecterself again bring Charmed (The Donovan Legacy, her mind back from wherever the piecesad gone skittering She Ballet Shoes had desertederself she knew given up a continent of voices she knew then for fragmented ones This is definitely a book I think will appeal to many It s beautifully written very thoughtful and gives a voice to Caribbean immigrant women in the big city in Canada The first part of this novel is absolutely incredible poetic in the best sense of a word that is too often limited to being lyrical What is most special about Brand s writing is Strictly Temporary - Volume One (Strictly Temporary, how she employs logical rhetorical forms and devices in ways I ve never seen Her writing is also poetical in the sense that you want to read each passage over again The result is difficult but unusually rewarding You need to let yourself flow along with the current of the prose not trying to understand everything or put it all together That s better left for another reading But I found the second part of the novel when the focus shifts from one character to another not nearly as good The second character is not as interesting but important Brand changes the style of the prose with the change of character a decision I would ordinarily welcome but it felt like falling down aillside to me The writing is still excellent but I frankly wish the novel would ave ended that the two parts would ave been published separately as novellas even though they relate to one another It Cheri Red has taken me so long to finish this but it was so necessary Definitely a researchives on voice an authentic one undistilled But it was so fitting Trinidad and Canada and blackness andow elusive reality can be Dionne brand writes so Discovering Your Heart With The Flag Page honestly I wish Iad come across Kingdom of Ashes (Nightfall, her sooner Her wistfulness womaneart fitting to me than Eavan Boland or Margaret Atwood whose poetry I admire so much But Brand s work is Websters Ii Dictionary, Third Edition, Office Edition heart wrenching and elegiac always grief and life tied up in each other I pray to be guided byer writing the stories that won t leave me the complete compulsion of being in ones own experience and that the most important thing In Another Place Not Here is written in such an achingly gorgeous fashion that if approached with sensitivity and a willingness to immerse yourself into the world provided which you must in order to finish it will leave you Aladdin heartbroken but transformed Brand poetically and philosophically writes of love abandonment resistance the emotional liberation and trauma of immigration global perceptions of blackness within and without of the disapora exploitation and the ever elusive elsewhere It is an riveting read but not an easy one Nevertheless it is worthwhile It will leave you saddened but soft and reflective I know this a novel I ll revisit Wow This is so beautifully written and so politically inspiring Love and struggle. N woman in constant flight whoas returned to Daddy Must Die her island birthplace withopes of revolution Their tumultuous story moves between city and island past and future fantasy and reality.
Overs Artfully crafted emotionally dense They thought that the time would come when they would live they would get a chance to be what they saw that was part of the The Message Glorious hope that kept them But ghostly ghostly thisope sucking their jaws into lemon seed kiwi O Cérebro de Broca heart skeletons of pawpaw green banana stalk Dionne Brand In Another Place Not HereIf a favourite poet writes a novel I m probably going to read it especially when the poet is Dionne Brand I m writing this review very soon after reading Brand s non fiction book A Map to the Door of No Return and I m seeinger experiences and thoughts on immigration identity the diaspora colonialism etc in that book displayed in this book Prior to this I d only read a few volumes of er poems in prose form she is just remarkable and this is a beautiful intricate book It did take me a while to get used to the language but once I got into the flow of things it was wonderfulThis book is set in Ontario Canada and an unnamed Caribbean island possibly Grenada The main stories are those of Elizete and Verlia Verlia immigrates to Canada as a teenager becomes a member of the black power movement in 1970s Toronto then goes back to er island to try to ignite a revolution there with the exploited sugarcane workers She meets and becomes lovers with Elizete who eventually moves to Canada Breaking The Curse (Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales herself The women s lives as immigrants in Canada were very difficult and transformative When Verlia moves to Sudbury Ontario to live wither relatives A Banquet of Consequences (Inspector Lynley, her observations of whiteness as a black immigrant to Canada were uite interesting She witnesses and uestions the assimilation approach ofer aunt and uncle and ROMANTIC TAKEOVER how this is toxic and seems to result in their emotional death As immigrants are we supposed to embrace whiteness Verlia decided she didn t want to They are imaginary Theyave come as far north as they could imagine And they ave imagined themselves into the white town s imagining They ave come Keeper of the Light here to get away from Black people to show white people that they arearmless just like them This lie will kill them Swell Shattered Spear (The Lost Stars, her uncle seart Wrought the iron in Aunt Idrisse s voiceThis book made me think and at times it touched on personal thoughts or the many stories I ve The Homing heard about from fellow immigrants immigration isn t easy The tough life of a single black female immigrant in 1970s Canada mustave been even tougher Brand is The Women of Easter honest wither portrayal of Canada and Why Are You So Scared? how others often perceive it in a way that sugarcoats very real issues Except that everyone is from someplace else but this city does not give them a chance to say this it pushes their confusion underground it wraps them in the same skin and slides them to the side like so much meat wrapped in brown paper In this Brexit era when so many immigrantsear the phrase Go back The Power of One home it s a good time to understand why certain immigration patterns evenappened Often people rarely take into account The Wolf Gift (The Wolf Gift Chronicles, history andow damaging and pervasive the ills of the Empire He Who Dares have been There s a realization by so many of us that there is no place where we can be truly free because ofistory and neocolonialismI appreciated this book for The Thing About December highlighting the traumatic experiences of immigration There we. N each other on an island in the midst of political uprising Elizete dreaming of running to another place to escape thearshness of er daily life on the island meets Verlia an urba.
The first alf of this book is prose poetry written in what i can best describe as trinidadian english because that is the island english i ve t heard that most closely approximates the language of this book maybe it s another island certainly it s another island many of the localitiesave french names i don t think localities in trinidad ave french namesstill it s the caribbean and life is ell and two women love each other but life is Stand Up and Fight hell and somethingappens to one of them and the other goes to canada to look for er life is ell because it s brutalized by 500 years of slavery and 500 years of exploitation and the island is a prison but also Now Is the Hour home and life is lived in the dark shadow of trauma brand s description of elizete s life in canada is amazing and if youave left your land any land at all to move to a north american city you will know exactly what she is talking about this is true even if you are coming from another first world country though your life will probably Londons Glory (Bryant May, have been infinitely better as far as material conditions are concerned the second part is also prose poetry but it s in standard canadian english and the poetry is less surrealistic this part belongs to elizete s lover and it too describesell and Verlia s efforts at making it better by joining a black power movement and trying to organize black people in canada and the caribbean only to be uashed mercilessly by the US propped local dictatorships you can read this book for the story and you ll be Jingle Bells happy you did you can read this book for the language and you ll beappy you did you can read this book for the ell and you ll be appy you did but you Troys have to be into all three if you are not this book will beard i found it amazing and now i want to read everything this woman Knights Templar in Britain has written This is challenging reading but so worth it Somehow she crosses time and space in this work that offers two separate life narratives of two women who loved each other It s just an incredible work that I will read again For readers unaccustomed to the Black Caribbean vernacular that begins Dionne Brand s 1996 novel In Another Place Not Here like me there s a bit of an initialurdle to leap over to sink into this book But trust me it s worth it and sink in you truly do Brand is an exhilarating poet and although this is a novel it s definitely a poet s novel There is something many things in fact deliciously seductive about the language which rolls rises falls and flows its way throughout the narrative like a riversee the rest of my review at Where do we begin I like er style Brand concocts the Caribbean in rich images You attempt to follow the word s choreography as they dance away from you unsure ow you ended up on the dance floor in the first place She drops you in the midst The story slips by and I tried to regain my bearingsBut she is telling our stories mostly Nature Cure heard seldom written How grandmas smell blood for legitimacyow elders watch your face and know who and who is family Entwined with the stories of these two Caribbean women lovers who are found and lost to one another to themselves and to the land on which they standI was there with the characters in the place between the Acclaimed by Adrienne Rich as fierce sensuous a work of great beauty and moral imagination In Another Place Not Here tells of two contemporary Caribbean women who find brief refuge
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As a young girl growing up in Trinidad Dionne Brand submitted poems to the newspapers under the pseudonym Xavier Simone an homage to Nina Simone whom she would listen to late at night on the radio Brand moved to Canada when she was 17 to attend the University of Toronto where she earned a degree in Philosophy and English a Masters in the Philosophy of Education and pursued PhD studies in Wom