22 January 2013

random sounds 52: Dionne Brand

in anticipation of Black History Month 2013:

  " ...why, the touch of everything blushes me,
pigeons and wrecked boys,
half dead hours, blind musicians,
inconclusive women in bruised dresses
even the habitual gray-suited men with terrible
briefcases, how come, how come
I anticipate nothing as intimate as history

would I have had a different life
failing this embrace with broken things,
iridescent veins, ecstatic bullets, small cracks
in the brain, would I know these particular facts,
how a phrase scars a cheek, how water
dries love out, this, a thought as casual
as any second eviscerates a breath... "

From: thirsty, 2002

Canadian Poetry Online bio
Canadian Encyclopedia bio
Celebrating Black Canadian History

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