Roger Robinson‘s range is wide: the joys and pains of family life; the ubiquitous presence of racism, both subtle and unsubtle; observations on the threatening edge of violence below the surface energies of Black British territories in London; emblematic poems on the beauty and often bizarre strangeness of the world of animals; quizzical responses to the strange, the heartening, and the appalling in incidents or accounts of incidents encountered in daily life; reflections on the purposes and costs of making art, as in fine poems on a George Stubbs painting, John Coltrane’s Ascension and cocaine. Not least, in the sequence of poems that reflect on the meanings of the Grenfell Tower fire, Roger Robinson finds ways to move beyond a just indignation to uncover the undertones of experience that bring us nearer to the human reality of that event.
***WINNER OF THE TS ELIOT POETRY PRIZE 2019***WINNER OF THE RSL ONDAATJE PRIZE 2020***
Roger brought the house down at the UniSlam event at VERVE 2019, performing his rhythmic poetry off-mic in the large theatre – his voice booming better than any PA! It was wonderful to have him with us!
Date: 8th July 2019
Extent: 82 pp