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.
About the Author
Dionne Brand is internationally known for her poetry, fiction, and essays. She has received many awards, notably the Governor General's Award for Poetry, the Trillium Award ("Land to Light On", 1997), the Pat Lowther Award ("thirsty", 2005), the City of Toronto Book Award ("What We All Long For", 2006), and the Harbourfront Festival Award (2006), given in recognition of her substantial contribution to literature. She is a professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.
“With her amazing gaze and extraordinary skill, Dionne Brand has once again given us a collection of poetry both complex and unerring in its vision, integrity, sense of history. Brand understands the vivacity of the past, the strength of ancestral voices, and integrates these in a poetry astonishing in its ability to sing to us, to move us, to make us remember. A major work by a brilliant poet.”
“Dionne Brand’s voice is unique, elegiac…she uses language to disturb. As water in a pool is, by a stone’s throw, disturbed, distorted. English unleased.”
“No Language Is Neutral is a gathering of thoughtful meaning and of strong beautiful images which cannot leave anyone neutral”