In To Love the Coming End, a disillusioned author obsessed with natural disasters and 'the curse of 11' reflects on their own personal earthquake: the loss of a loved one. A lyric travelogue that moves between Singapore, Canada, and Japan, this debut from Leanne Dunic captures 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, author of Sweet Devilry
"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. 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 (judged by Lisa Moore) and was shortlisted for the Asian-Canadian Emerging Writer Award. Her work has been published in various magazines and anthologies, including Cascadia Review, Lemon Hound, Ricepaper Magazine, and the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. She is the singer/guitarist of the band The Deep Cove and is the Artistic Director of the Powell Street Festival Society in Vancouver.