Di Brandt forges new paths with her multi-faceted poetry, experimenting with traditional poetic forms in this new collection. Throughout, Brandt captures the human heart in love, in crisis, or in awe of the world. Science and poetry fuse with sly wit and sleight of word in Welding and other joining procedures, the first of the collection’s three sections. Human love becomes nuclear fusion and other scientific meldings with delightful tongue-in-cheek language.Hymns for Detroit employs the traditional German hymn to fuse the sense of place of an economically crushed city with current political and ecological climate: “Big trucks drive by/ on big noisy wheels./ Jesus saves./ Mummy said don’t eat/ the fish,/ watch them on TV.”The last section, Walking to Mojácar, transports readers to exotic eastern Spain bringing the Canadian experience with it. The Calgary Stampede meets the “sunblasted desert valleys” of southern Spain in “Rodeo.” Vivid images of Spain juxtaposed with Brandt’s prairie roots transport the reader to a world of olive groves, mesetas, flowers and bright colours.
About the author
Winnipeg's Di Brandt is one of Canada's most loved and admired poets. Her internationally celebrated and award-winning poetry titles include questions i asked my mother; Agnes in the sky; Jerusalem, beloved; and Now You Care. Her most recent work, Walking to Mojacar, is a multilingual collaboration with gifted poets and translators Charles LeBlanc of St. Boniface, Manitoba (l'appétit du compteur : poèmes accumulés), and Ari Belathar, Mexican writer-in-exile, currently living in Vancouver (The Cities I Have Left Behind). Mojacar was shortlisted for two 2011 Manitoba Book awards, and has been nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Di Brandt has lived in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Toronto, Windsor (Ontario) and Berlin. She currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Literature and Creative Writing at Brandon University, Manitoba (www.dibrandt.ca). Di Brandt is also an award-winning essayist and literary critic, and has collaborated with numerous other writers, critics and artists, including Annie Jacobsen, Jane Finlay-Young, Barbara Godard, Aganetha Dyck, Rebecca Campbell, Carol Ann Weaver and Jana Skarecky.
Other titles by Di Brandt
Sweetest Dance On Earth, The
New and Selected
Glitter and Fall
questions I asked my mother
Canadian Women Poets in Conversation
Wider Boundaries of Daring
The Modernist Impulse in Canadian Women’s Poetry
So this is the world & Here I am in it
Speaking of Power
The Poetry of Di Brandt
Now You Care
Narrative Strategies for Writing Across Centuries