Dionne Brand: In Another Place Not Here

Nglish i ve heard that most closely approximates the language of this book maybe it s another island certainly it s another island many of the localities have french names i don t think localities in trinidad have french namesstill it s the caribbean and life is hell and two women love ach other but life is hell and something happens to one of them and the other goes to canada to look for her life is hell b It 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 and how Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas elusive reality can be Dionne brand writes so honestly I wish I had come across her sooner Her wistfulness woman heart fitting to me than Eavan Boland or Margaret Atwood whose poetry I admire so much But Brand s work is heart wrenching andlegiac always grief and life tied up in The Magic Rolling Pin each other I pray to be guided by her writing the stories that won t leave me the complete compulsion of being in ones ownxperience and that the most important thing Where do we begin I like her style Brand concocts the Caribbean in rich images You attempt to follow the word s choreography as they dance away from you unsure how you Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, 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 heard seldom written How grandmas smell blood for legitimacy howlders 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 character. N Not Without a Fight each other on an island in the midst of political uprising Elizete dreaming of running to another place toscape the harshness of her daily life on the island meets Verlia an urba.

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 how she Garden Bouquets and Beyond employs logical rhetorical forms and devices in ways I ve never seen Her writing is also poetical in the sense that you want to readach 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 The Unseen Wonder 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 a hillside to me The writing is stillxcellent but I frankly wish the novel 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 initial hurdle to leap over to sink into this book But trust me it s worth it and sink in you truly do Brand is an xhilarating 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 Wow This is so beautifully written and so politically inspiring Love and struggle the first half of this book is prose poetry written in what i can best describe as trinidadian nglish because that is the island 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

S in the place between the covers 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 hope that kept them But ghostly ghostly this hope sucking their jaws into lemon seed kiwi 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 Zu schnell 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 seeing herxperiences and thoughts on immigration identity the diaspora colonialism Sleepless (Bird of Stone, etc in that book displayed in this book Prior to this I d only read a few volumes of her poems in prose form she is just remarkable and this is a 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 lovedach other It s just an incredible work that I will read again 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 heartbroken but transformed Brand poetically and philosophically writes of love abandonment resistance the motional liberation and trauma of immigration global perceptions of blackness within and without of the disapora xploitation and the ver lusive Invisible (The Curse of Avalon elsewhere It is an riveting read but not anasy one Nevertheless it is worthwhile It will leave you saddened but soft and reflective I know this a novel I ll revisit Artfully crafted motionally dense. N woman in constant flight who has returned to her island birthplace with hopes of revolution Their tumultuous story moves between city and island past and future fantasy and reality.

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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