An unnamed narrator--a disillusioned author obsessed with natural disasters and 'the curse of 11'--reflects on their own personal earthquake: the loss of a loved one. In To Love the Coming End, a lyric travelogue/story with a Lost in Translation vibe, Vancouver-based writer and artist Leanne Dunic presents an exploration of loss, identity, and environment, where landscapes and emotion are linked through the narrator's wry observations and experiences.
In inventive prose that travels between Singapore, Canada, and Japan, To Love the Coming End offers a dreamlike narrative that reminds readers of our multi-planed and fragile connections and disconnections. Readers with interests in issues of identity, and audiences from cross-cultural backgrounds will be intrigued by the qualities of Dunic's writing that visually capture what it's like to be united while simultaneously separated from the global experience of trauma, history, and loss that colour our everyday lives.
Praise for To Love the Coming End
"Leanne Dunic's meditative collection To Love the Coming End embodies Yukio Mishima's characterization of Japan--her writing is at once elegant and brutal. In these fervent poems of disparate landscapes are catastrophic feelings of sadness, loss, and alienation." --Doretta Lau, author of How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?
"Elegant and spare, Dunic's elegiac writing touches on grief that is both personal and societal.
She reminds us that no love is wasted." --Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang
“Dunic has created a collection of tightly mapped poetic fault lines, topographies of loss and absence spanning immense yet intimate geologies, ecologies, astrologies, and geographies. She conjures ghosts and lizards, cultural icons, natural disasters, and urban eccentricities, all the time remaining unwaveringly focused on healing wounds and grief almost too profound to name. To Love the Coming End insists on an eternal unearthing of memory, a return to remembering, however fleeting.” —Sarah de Leeuw, award-winning author of Geographies of a Lover and Skeena
Leanne Dunic is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. In 2015, Leanne won the Alice Munro Short Story Prize. Her work has been published in various magazines and anthologies. She is the singer/guitarist of the band The Deep Cove and is the Artistic Director of the Powell Street Festival Society in Vancouver.
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