Dionne Brand’s hypnotic, urgent long poem – her first book of poetry in four years, is about the bones of fading cultures and ideas, about the living museums of spectacle where these bones are found. At the centre of Ossuaries is the narrative of Yasmine, a woman living an underground life, fleeing from past actions and regrets, in a perpetual state of movement. She leads a solitary clandestine life, crossing borders actual (Algiers, Cuba, Canada), and timeless. Cold-eyed and cynical, she contemplates the periodic crises of the contemporary world. This is a work of deep engagement, sensuality, and ultimate craft from an essential observer of our time and one of the most accomplished poets writing today. Dionne Brand is the 2011 Griffin poetry prize winner for Ossuaries.
Dionne Brand was the Poet Laureate of the City of Toronto from 2009-2012. She has written nine volumes of poetry and four works of fiction. For her poetry she has most recently received the Griffin Poetry Prize for her book Ossuaries. She has also received Governor General’s Award for poetry, the Pat Lowther Award and the Trillium Prize and for her fiction has received the Toronto Book Award. She is also Professor of English in the School of English and Theatre Studies at The University of Guelph.