The Blue Clerk, by Dionne Brand

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The Blue Clerk, by Dionne Brand

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“The histories of pigments are fascinating, and learning about colours prior to the industrialized crop-chemical times we are living in now gets us closer to the earth and is crucial to understanding how to make colour for yourself. But reading books on colour history in English makes you feel queasy about its colonial aspects. Exotic woods and rare beetles found in some obscure island brought back in wooden boxes by waist-coated explorers to be experimented on, ground up, and finally made into pigments for use by some white male artist for the glorification of some aristocratic family.

“This is where Dionne Brand’s, The Blue Clerk comes in. Hers is not a story of the great explorers, but rather, takes place on the dock where the ships leave. It is the green-aphids-on-the-underside-of-the-leaf of history and is strung together, literally, with a magic Mallojo blue thread. Brand has made a thing that has made me rethink colour and ink and history and poetry and politics and the streets of Toronto and the salt desert and cell phone chemicals. Among other things, The Blue Clerk feels like the moment in youth where you become two things at once, a person and a person looking at a person. But it’s a doubling that struggles beautifully to come together with a wry and sideways elegance. Brand has made a book that feels to me like ink — amorphous, precise, and indelible.”

— Jason Logan

 

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