No Language Is Neutral

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
A joyful, imagistic discovery of woman as speaker and subject. As a woman, a black, and a lesbian, Brand arrives at a rigorous and nakedly ruthless reclamation of the poetic.


“With her amazing gaze and extraordinary skill, Dionne Brand has once again given us a collection of poetry both complex and unerring in its vision, integrity, sense of history. Brand understands the vivacity of the past, the strength of ancestral voices, and integrates these in a poetry astonishing in its ability to sing to us, to move us, to make us remember. A major work by a brilliant poet.”
–Michelle Cliff

“Dionne Brand’s voice is unique, elegiac…she uses language to disturb. As water in a pool is, by a stone’s throw, disturbed, distorted. English unleased.”
–Dorothy Livesay

No Language Is Neutral is a gathering of thoughtful meaning and of strong beautiful images which cannot leave anyone neutral”
–Nicole Brossard