Dionne Brand Famous Quotes & Sayings

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21 Dionne Brand Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Dionne Brand Sayings: There were Italian neighbourhood and Vietnamese neighbourhoods in this city; there are Chinese ones and There were Italian neighbourhood and Vietnamese neighbourhoods in this city; there are Chinese ones and Ukrainian ones and Pakistani ones and Korean ones and African ones. Name a region on the planet and there's someone from there, here. All of them sit on Ojibway land, but hardly any of them know it or care because that genealogy is wilfully untraceable except in the name of the city itself. They'd only have to look, though, but it could be that what they know hurts them already, and what if they found out something even more damaging? These are people who are used to the earth beneath them shifting, and they all want it to stop-and if that means they must pretend to know nothing, well, that's the sacrifice they make.
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Dionne Brand Sayings: So don't tell me how love will rescue me, I was carnivorous about love, I So don't tell me how love will rescue me, I was carnivorous about love, I ate love to the ankles, my thighs are gnawed with love still and yet I cannot have loved, since living was all I could do and for that, I was caged in bone spur endlessly
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Dionne Brand Sayings: Cities collect people, stray and lost and deliberate arrivants. Cities collect people, stray and lost and deliberate arrivants.
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Dionne Brand Sayings: Angie was a border crosser, a wetback, a worker in the immigrant sweatshop they call Angie was a border crosser, a wetback, a worker in the immigrant sweatshop they call this city. On days like this I understand her like a woman instead of a child. Everybody thought she was a whore. She wasn't. She tried to step across the border of who she was and who she might be. They wouldn't let her. She didn't believe it herself so she stepped across into a whole other country.
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Dionne Brand Sayings: Books leave gestures in the body; a certain way of moving, of turning, a certain Books leave gestures in the body; a certain way of moving, of turning, a certain closing of the eyes, a way of leaving, hesitations. Books leave certain sounds, a certain pacing; mostly they leave the elusive, which is all the story. They leave much more than the words.
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Dionne Brand Sayings: I felt the unordinary romance of / women who love women for the first time. I felt the unordinary romance of / women who love women for the first time.
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Dionne Brand Sayings: Dance floors would bleed from the knife of her dress Dance floors would bleed from the knife of her dress
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Dionne Brand Sayings: Carla might recognize herself in the lean girls against the bar, the girls in slender-cut Carla might recognize herself in the lean girls against the bar, the girls in slender-cut suits with silver rings on each finger and thumb who looked so compact and secretive, so much as if all their essences were perfectly locked and kept, and only if you managed to please them could you unlock their fingers and pry them out. They smelled of a different perfume, they never quite met your eyes except in a swift and thorough appraisal whose conclusion you became aware of immediately when their eyes averted without the longed-for approving smile. You longed to go with them to secret apartments in the suburbs or condos on the lakeshore and there have their fingers brush down your back and have their maroon mouths kiss your thighs.
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Dionne Brand Sayings: She could assassinate streets with her eyes She could assassinate streets with her eyes
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Dionne Brand Sayings: Ould I have had a different lifefailing this embrace with broken things,iridescent veins, ecstatic bullets, Ould 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.
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Dionne Brand Sayings: And on the sidewalks, after they've emerged from the stations, after being sandpapered by the And on the sidewalks, after they've emerged from the stations, after being sandpapered by the jostling and scraping that a city like this does, all the lives they've hoarded, all the ghosts they've carried, all the inversions they've made for protection, all the scars and marks and records for recognition - the whole heterogeneous baggage falls out with each step on the pavement. There's so much spillage.
Dionne Brand Sayings: It's like this with this city you can stand on a simple corner and get It's like this with this city
you can stand on a simple corner and get taken away in all directions. Depending on the weather, it can be easy or hard. If it's pleasant, and the pleasant is so relative, then the other languages making their way to your ears, plus the language of the air itself, which can be cold and humid or wet and hot, this all sums up into a kind of new vocabulary. No matter who you are, no matter how certain you are of it, you can't help but feel the thrill of being someone else.
Dionne Brand Sayings: He believed in nothing. Which is why his departures and his pursuit of the most He believed in nothing. Which is why his departures and his pursuit of the most intense feelings and acts were so radical, so deep and honest. The truth of life was perfectly clear to him. Nothing was made, every new morning was clear. His only challenge was inward. He had not been disillusioned or had some bad experience that he could put it all down to. He had simply seen the world and that was that. And he understood how slippery every moment was and he liked the thrill of it. Slipping from the knowable to the unknown, walking from one street to the next, being different all the time. In one afternoon he could slip from one personality to another. Why not?
Dionne Brand Sayings: If I see someone I see the ghost of them, the air around them, and If I see someone I see the ghost of them, the air around them, and where they've been. If I see a city I see it's living ghostliness - the stray looks, the dying hands. I see it's needs and its discomforts locked in apartments.
Dionne Brand Sayings: A boat, even a wrecked and wretched boatstill has all the possibilities of moving A boat, even a wrecked and wretched boat
still has all the possibilities of moving
Dionne Brand Sayings: They were born in the city from people born elsewhere. They were born in the city from people born elsewhere.
Dionne Brand Sayings: If I am peaceful ... is not peace,/is getting used to harm. If I am peaceful ... is not peace,/is getting used to harm.
Dionne Brand Sayings: Dali's Reclining Woman Wearing a Chemise looks like a dead slaughtered doll, and I can Dali's Reclining Woman Wearing a Chemise looks like a dead slaughtered doll, and I can see preying eagles, broken arrows, and jazz musicians in Jackson Pollock, and because I believe that Man Ray and Duchamp were lovers.
Dionne Brand Sayings: Fashions are not fashions at all but refashioning; language is not communication but reinvention. They Fashions are not fashions at all but refashioning; language is not communication but reinvention. They are never in place but on display.
Dionne Brand Sayings: It is not the job of writers to life our spirits. Books simply do what It is not the job of writers to life our spirits. Books simply do what they do. They sometimes confirm the capricious drama of a childhood living room. When you think that you are in the grace of a dance you come upon something hard.
Dionne Brand Sayings: People here believe in uncontrollable passion, in mad rages, and in the brusque inevitability of People here believe in uncontrollable passion, in mad rages, and in the brusque inevitability of death.