Dionne Brand, ‘Sonnet X’

Then it is simple. I felt the unordinary romance of
women who love women for the first time. It burst in
my mouth. Someone said this is your first lover, you
will never want to leave her. I had it in mind that I
would be an old woman with you. But perhaps I
always had it in mind simply to be an old woman,
then, I decided it was you when you found me in that
apartment drinking whiskey for breakfast. When I came
back from Grenada and went crazy for two years, that
time when I could hear anything and my skin was
flaming like a nerve and the walls were like paper
and my eyes could not close. I suddenly sensed you
at the end of the room waiting. I saw your back arched
against this city we inhabit like guerillas, I brushed my
hand, conscious, against your soft belly, of waking up.

 

 

Dionne Brand (1953) is a Canadian poet, novelist, essayist, academic and documentarian. She was born in the Caribbean and writes about race, gender, sexuality and feminism. She has published 9 collections of poetry.

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4 thoughts on “Dionne Brand, ‘Sonnet X’

    • When I came
      back from Grenada and went crazy for two years, that
      time when I could hear anything and my skin was
      flaming like a nerve and the walls were like paper
      and my eyes could not close.

      I absolutely love this bit.

  1. Dionne Brand’s poetry is fascinating and inspiring. The beauty is so stripped down that it makes a reader tremble.

  2. Dionne,

    I live in the United States but was born in Trinidad. Your name sounds very familiar to me. Are you from Trinidad? Your writings are very inspirational. Where can I find your literature?

    Angela Fuller

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