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To Love The Coming End


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 ike 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 Endembodies 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?

"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

"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 ofSweet Devilry

"From her Vancouver home, Leanne Dunic ventures out across the Pacific, primarily Singapore and Japan, in this book of smartly written, telling prose fragments. The pieces muse on place, presence, distance, the senses, the number 11, longing, loss, love—doing so in a way that each has its own weight and body, yet becomes part of a larger, cumulative whole. In this To Love the Coming End movingly resembles musical composition with its structure, pace, expressive notes. Beautifully done."—Rick Simonson, Elliott Bay Book Company


Leanne Dunic is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and writer. Her work has won several honours, including the 2015 Alice Munro Short Story Contest, and has appeared in magazines and anthologies in Canada and abroad. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Leanne is the Artistic Director of the Powell Street Festival Society and is the singer/guitarist of The Deep Cove. To Love the Coming End is her first book.

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