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The Blue Clerk: Ars Poetica in 59 Versos by Dionne Brand

israology's review

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5.0

Pure magic. Made me use a lil brain power but that’s all right. One of my favorite pieces of poetry works ever. Top 5.

kebpoet's review

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adventurous challenging reflective slow-paced

4.75

mariacandet's review

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challenging reflective slow-paced

4.5

maudemarco's review

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challenging reflective slow-paced

3.5

Incredible writing, although impenetrable at times. For those who like to be enveloped by language, even when it sends you into confusion.

shoba's review

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5.0

“She keeps account of cubic metres of senses, perceptions, and resistant facts. No one need be aware of these; no one is likely to understand. Some of these are quite dangerous. And, some of them are too delicate and beautiful for the present world.”

I ordered a physical copy.

“In June, I realized I had already abandoned nation long before I knew myself, the author says…. Every year for forty years I've been asked the same question by someone who needed to consume allegiances. Some interrogator observes my skin and asks me why.”

The clerk and the author’s conversations often sound like an internal dialogue.

‘Elegy, the philosopher Gilles Deleuze remarked, is one of the principal sources of poetry. It is the great complaint ... the complaint is "what's happening to me overwhelms me." Not (simply) that I am in pain but what has taken away my power of action overwhelms me. And why do I see these things why do I know these things why must I endure seeing and knowing.’

A consideration on the role of the poet and the function of art. Excellent.

janlo26's review

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5.0

Naked and true.
Grabbed my guts and won't let go.
I give this book all the stars.
Really. All of them.

aisforartist's review against another edition

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challenging emotional reflective medium-paced

5.0

jenniechantal's review

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5.0

WOW. That was so interesting! I loved everything about it.

camilaluiz's review

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4.0

I didn't understand a lot of it, but for the parts that I did, they were amazing.

kayjay34's review

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4.0

Even though I don't understand 60% of this, Brand's prose is transfixing.