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No Language Is Neutral

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A joyful, imagistic discovery of woman as speaker and subject. As a woman, a black, and a lesbian, Brand arrives at a rigorous and nakedly ruthless reclamation of the poetic.
Paperback, 56 pages
Published October 24th 1998 by McClelland & Stewart (first published 1990)
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Aug 13, 2015 Chaneli rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, lgbt
wooow wow wow!!! i don't even know what to say
May 12, 2007 Maythee rated it it was amazing
This book isn't in print anymore but you can sometimes find it online. It's beautiful, urgent revolutionary poetry. Brand writes it like few others can. I remember wanting to read everything else she'd ever written after finishing this book.
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Nov 11, 2007 Atena Oyadi rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Thick, sad poems. Dark and hard to read, but worth the effort. I found this when I first reading Audre Lorde when I was floating around the aisles of used book stores first year of undergrad.
Feb 08, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
My personal favourite is: Hard Against the Soul.

Awesome awesome feminist canadian author. Can't wait to read more.
Mar 20, 2011 Nykea rated it really liked it
Beautiful and genuine.

"I only know now that my
longing for this old woman was longing to leave the
prisoned gaze of men."

"I know that since an old woman, darkening,
cuts herself away limb from limb, sucks herself white"
Jan 19, 2009 Cameron rated it it was amazing
Incendiary, incisive, and pushes, as Brand gorgeously puts it, "hard against the soul."
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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 ...more
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