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The Blue Clerk

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The Blue Clerk by Dionne Brand
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Jun 11, 2019 | 290 Minutes

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GRIFFIN POETRY PRIZE FINALIST

TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD WINNER

GOVERNOR GENERAL’S LITERARY AWARD FOR POETRY FINALIST

PAT LOWTHER MEMORIAL AWARD LONGLIST

“Brand melds the intellectual with the sensory in these searching think-pieces.” —Toronto Star

“[Dionne Brand] is gracious, endlessly curious and eager to push the intellectual boundaries of her audience.” —Globe and Mail

Dionne Brand’s The Blue Clerk is many things at once: a book-length ars poetica; an act of memory and reconfiguration; an extended meditation (one that moves at times directly, at others by a kind of philosophical osmosis) touching on the realms of history, politics, race and gender; an internal, consciously curated and interrogated dialogue that manages to create a space for all of these. Expansive, beautifully written, structurally compelling, and above all moving, The Blue Clerk is a book to be read (and re-read), not just for the pleasures of its language, but for the breadth of its vision, and the capaciousness of its thinking.” –Griffin Poetry Prize Jury Citation

“Dionne Brand’s ‘ars poetica in 59 versos’ is an impassioned, masterfully crafted interrogation of language, process, and representation that tests both the boundaries and boundlessness of the creative process. At once an epic poem, polemic, fragmentary novel, creation story, and grimoire, The Blue Clerk suggests an entirely new literary form, a magnificent literary achievement made accessible with a sly sense of humour, striking imagery, devout worship, and sharp questioning.” –Trillium Book Award Jury Citation

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