Nomenclature: New and Collected Poems

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About the Author
Dionne Brand is the author of numerous volumes of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Her latest poetry collection, The Blue Clerk, also published by Duke University Press, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won the Trillium Book Award. Her other poetry collections have won the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Brand's novel, Theory, won the 2019 OCM Bocas Prize for Fiction and the Toronto Book Award, and What We All Long For won the Toronto Book Award. Her works of nonfiction include Bread Out of Stone and A Map to the Door of No Return: Notes to Belonging. From 2009 to 2012 Brand served as Toronto's Poet Laureate. In 2021 Brand was awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize in Fiction. She lives in Toronto.

Christina Sharpe is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Black Studies in the Humanities at York University and author of In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, also published by Duke University Press.
"Through her storytelling and activism, Brand has always found ways to respond to and reflect the times. One thread remains clear in her work: Her commitment to Toronto is her commitment to people, histories, stories and the expressions of this place and beyond. The city might try to cling to the poet and all of her magnificence, but Dionne Brand is still imagining better worlds."--Huda Hassan "Chatelaine" (9/8/2022 12:00:00 AM)
"Taken together, these poems reflect the work of someone aching to find a place where 'to be awake is / more lovely than dreams.'"--Layla Benitez-James "Harriet" (10/17/2022 12:00:00 AM)
"Nomenclature is driven by sedate yet sparkling agonies that invent and occupy the limbo between blues spaciousness and frenzied free improvisation. . . . How does a black poet deliver her perspective ceremoniously, as stark ritual, without pandering to the expectation that she dress these deliveries up in myths and larger-than-life antics so that readers do not feel implicated by direct address? Brand shows us how by doing just that and whether or not the revolution she imagined comes, this is a revolutionary act, to not act but to be so precisely that each small degree of change rivets and ripples as a self-contained justice that needs no codifying in outside laws."--Harmony Holiday "4Columns" (10/21/2022 12:00:00 AM)
"This expansive collection brings together eight books of poetry written over four decades. It's a gripping catalogue of witness and a call to imagine a better world."--Michael Holtmann "Center for the Art of Translation" (12/13/2022 12:00:00 AM)
"Nomenclature . . . confirms that Brand has always been a meticulous but dynamic stylist for whom form is motivated by the desire to take 'history's pulse . . . with another hand'--to replace orthodox understandings of time and place with an art that speaks 'the whole immaculate language of the ravaged world.' . . . There is an uncensored quality to these poems, which often channel the exasperated momentum of someone eager to pull the wool off the reader's eyes."--Anahid Nersessian "New York Review of Books" (2/9/2023 12:00:00 AM)