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The Blue Clerk


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Dionne Brand's collections of poetry include No Language Is Neutral; Land to Light On, winner of the Governor General's Literary Award and the Trillium Book Award; thirsty, winner of the Pat Lowther Memorial Award; Inventory; and, most recently, Ossuaries, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize. Brand is also the author of the acclaimed novels In Another Place, Not Here; At the Full and Change of the Moon; What We All Long For; Love Enough; and Theory, which is forthcoming in 2018. Her works of nonfiction include Bread Out of Stone and A Map to the Door of No Return. In 2006, Brand was awarded the prestigious Harbourfront Festival Prize, and from 2009 to 2012, she was Toronto's Poet Laureate. In 2017, she was appointed to the Order of Canada. Brand is also a Professor of English in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.


"The Blue Clerk is nothing less than a reckoning with the entirety of Brand's poetic outlook and philosophy."--Steven W. Beattie "Quill & Quire" (11/26/2018 12:00:00 AM)
"An 'ars poetica' and instant modern classic. . . . The Blue Clerk is beautiful--physically beautiful--in the nakedness of its stitched blue spine. But the book is beautiful, most substantially, in its sumptuous and incendiary prose, in its fierce challenge to the illusions of literature, and in its manifest belief in the act of writing."--David Chariandy "The Walrus" (1/3/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"At times brilliant and also opaque, The Blue Clerk is a major achievement that challenges us to reflect on writing as an unsettled and unsettling form of engagement with experience and meaning. . . . Readers . . . will be rewarded if they occasionally pause, take time to reflect, and reread this rich and enriching book."--Jim Hannan "World Literature Today" (3/1/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"It takes a truly gifted writer to not only write about the queer experience as identity, but to also skillfully and astutely motion to the entire concept of temporal universality. The Blue Clerk may be one of the best collections of prose poems I've read in a long while."--July Westhale "Lambda Literary Review" (12/13/2018 12:00:00 AM)

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