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Land to Light On by Dionne Brand
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Oct 14, 2008

did not like it
bookshelves: canadian, women-writers, poetry
Recommended to Lesliemae by: G.E. Clarke
Recommended for: Communists in Pain (with a capital P) because of Western Imperialism
Read in October, 2008 , read count: 1

Despite loving What We All Long For , I am totally NOT a fan of Land to Light On. In 1983, Dionne Brand - a revolutionary Marxist - was in Grenada establishing a communist/socialist society when the American troops came in and squashed the movement - simultaneously squashing all of Brand's hopes and ideals regarding communism. This book of poetry is a strong elegy for communism.


I may be able to POSSIBLY read these poems from a feminist perspective and feel somewhat less detached from them. However, as an economic appraisal of communism's failed ideals - nothing happening there for me.

It was simple to meet you, simple to take your eyes
into mine, saying: these are eyes I have known
from the first....It was simple to touch you
against the hacked background, the grain of what we
had been, the choices, years....It was even simple
to take each other's lives in our hands, as bodies.
- Adrienne Rich

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