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In equal balance justly weighed

Slouching toward Democracy

Where have all the wise men gone?

By Populist Demand

When urban and rural voters went separate ways

Dionne Brand

Dionne Brand has won numerous awards for her poetry, including the Governor General’s Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Trillium Book Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. In 2009, she was Toronto’s Poet Laureate. This poem comes from her latest collection, The Blue Clerk, a Griffin Poetry Prize nominee. (Printed with permission from McClelland & Stewart, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited, 2018. All rights reserved.)

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Dionne Brand

Temporary Spaces of Joy and Freedom

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson in conversation with Dionne Brand June 2018
Decolonization, and the role of art and the imagination in this liberatory enterprise, is at the heart of As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance (University of Minnesota Press), a book published late last year by the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg writer, artist, and scholar Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. That idea is also at the centre of this conversation between Simpson and the celebrated…

Running on the Knife’s Edge

A novel explores the fractured psyche of a Cambodian survivor December 2011
In her novel Dogs at the Perimeter, Madeleine Thien’s project is a bold and difficult one. It is the project of our age, one that resists narrative, one that overwhelms narrative; one that is ultimately impossible to narrate fully, namely to traverse that place that human beings traverse at the soul’s murkiest. It is well that Thien’s novel begins at the fictional Brain Research Centre in a not so fictional…