Jane Eaton Hamilton

"At the bottom of the box is hope." – Ellis Avery.

Tag: Canadian poetry

Dionne Brand: Writing Against Tyranny and Toward Liberation

Dionne Brand

In this talk and reading at Barnard College, the Canadian poet, speaks to our questing, wanting hearts.

“I don’t believe in the notion of justice, since it presumes a state of affairs that is somehow formerly good but for certain anomalies is legitimate. In our case, I think that we live in a state of tyranny and to ask a tyranny to dismantle itself, to claim, to ask for, to invoke justice is to present our bodies, already consigned in that tyranny to the status of non-being, to ask that tyranny to bring us into being and that is impossible and it won’t.” -Dionne Brand

This talk is an excerpt from “Poetics of Justice: A Conversation Between Claudia Rankine and Dionne Brand,” part of the series Caribbean Feminisms.

Dionne Brand: Writing Against Tyranny and Toward Liberation

 

Poets You Should Read!

Read Amber Dawn in the smoking “Where the Words End and My Body Begins:”

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Read Ali Blythe in the hatchet-strong “Twoism:”

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Share Elizabeth Bachinsky’s yearning in “The Hottest Summer in Recorded History:”

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Pith frogs with Anne Fleming in “poemw.”

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Hallucinate with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha in “Body Map:”

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Torque time with Tanis MacDonald’s “Rue the Day:”

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Hear Tanis reading “Looking Into” here.

Make a parachute lure with Shannon Macguire‘s “fur(l) parachute:”

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Transform with Lydia Kwa’s “Sinuous:”

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Take wing with Brenda Schmidt‘s “Flight Calls: An Apprentice on the Art of Listening:”

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Splice intimacy with Maleea Ackers “Air-Proof Green:”

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Speak words with spoken-word poet Jillian Christmas, here.

Brick Books, the sung heroes of Canpoetics

Celebrating Canadian Poets at the celebrated Brick Books is coming to an end, but I’ll bet if you wrote something about a Canadian poet–a line, a paragraph, a review, an anecdote–Kitty Lewis, the general manager, would still welcome it. You don’t have to be Canadian, but the poet you mention does.

brick.books@sympatico.ca

Brick Books

Right now, Brick Books is celebrating the release of Barry Dempster’s 15th book of poetry called DISTURBING THE BUDDHA. See an interview here.

Cede Poetry: The Script

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There’s a new kid in town, the poetry lit mag Cede. I have a poem in the first issue along with Patrick Lane, Heather Spears, Alice Major and many other Canadian poets. Have a look.

Cede Poetry

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