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Theory and practice

Poet and editor Canisia Lubrin speaks with her mentor, writer Dionne Brand, about two new works, Brand’s approach to writing, and the nature of being

INTERVIEW

JASON CHOW

Dionne Brand, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, member of the Order of Canada, and one of the country’s most respected and beloved writers, returns this fall with two books: The Blue Clerk and Theory.

The former, the writer’s latest poetry collection, is composed of a sequence of versos, or left-hand pages, that cumulatively form an ars poetica in which Brand forwards a meta-theory about the act of writing poetry. Brand’s blue-ink-stained clerk lives on a lonely wharf where she presides over bales of paper that comprise the poet’s accumulated pages – things unwritten, withheld, or unexpressed. This book-length conversation between Brand and her clerk is a mix of memoir, poetry, criticism, theory, and philosophy.

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