Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Poet Laureate of Toronto

is Dionne Brand.  i love No Language is Neutral, a book of poetry that deals with the institutionalized racism/classism that exists within the English language, or rather, within English-speaking Canada.  Her book is often cited in linguistics textbooks that deal with varieties of English, or the idea of English as a world/international language.  It is a beautiful book. Brand is a fantastic writer.  And there's something very pleasing about the fact that a poet who has been critical of Canadian systems can still be honoured by Canadians and their institutions.

News item stolen from Bookninja.

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