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"Impossible Citizens" in the global city: Dionne Brand's discourses of resistance

Author(s): Sandra Regina Goulart Almeida

Journal: Ilha do Desterro
ISSN 0101-4846

Issue: 56;
Start page: 119;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Thirsty | Inventory | Discourse of Resistance | Globalization

In both Thirsty (2002) and Inventory (2006), Dionne Brand's most recent collections of poems, the Caribbean-Canadian writer chooses to voice the dilemmas of our contemporary world, and in special the inhumanity of the global cities. The poetic voices in both collections take on the role of witnesses of this cosmopolitan world, criticizing the appalling conditions of living for some of the dispossessed and destitute subjects that live in the periphery of the global city. This work discusses how Brand addresses several ethical issues regarding the markedly global contemporary spaces that for the poet often negate most humans some form of belonging, and the means to attain agency.
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