The Perseverance

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Price
$16.95  $15.76
Publisher
Tin House Books
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Pages
96
Dimensions
6.0 X 8.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.35 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781951142421

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About the Author
Raymond Antrobus was born in London, Hackney, to an English mother and Jamaican father. He is the author of two other poetry collections, The Perseverance and All The Names Given. He is a recipient of the Ted Hughes Award, the Lucille Clifton Legacy Award, a Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the T.S Eliot Prize, Griffin Prize and the Forward Prize. In 2018 he was awarded The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize (judged by Ocean Vuong) for his poem Sound Machine. He has also published two children's picture books, Can Bears Ski? and Terrible Horses and hosted a number of award-winning radio documentaries including "Inventions In Sound" (BBC Radio 4, 2021). He is a Cave Canem graduate in the US, a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature in the UK, and divides his time between England and New Orleans.
Reviews
The Perseverance is an insightful, frank and intimate rumination on language, identity, heritage, loss and the art of communication. . . . These are courageous autobiographical poems of praise, difficulties, testimony and love.--Malika Booker, author of Pepper Seed
Innovative and urgent. . . . Deserves a wide readership.--BookPage
At every turn, Antrobus pushes back against flattening, against the tidy narrative--an invidious Ted Hughes poem gets radically revised, an aunt's misheard utterance becomes 'a faint fog horn, a lost river.' It's magic, the way this poet is able to bring together so much--deafness, race, masculinity, a mother's dementia, a father's demise--with such dexterity.--Kaveh Akbar
It channels Danez Smith, Malika Booker and Caroline Bird, in formal poems, erasures, free verse, innovative use of Makaton symbols, translation, prose, and a blackout version of Ted Hughes' 'Deaf School'; probably the best poem I read all year, and it doesn't even have any words in it.--Will Barrett, Poetry School
The Perseverance relates Antrobus's experiences of being biracial and d/Deaf in sharp and beautiful poems. . . . These poems are expressive and beautiful and will leave readers thinking differently about sound and silence.--BuzzFeed
The Perseverance is an insightful, frank and intimate rumination on language, identity, heritage, loss and the art of communication. . . . These are courageous autobiographical poems of praise, difficulties, testimony and love.--Malika Booker, author of Pepper Seed
Emotionally textured and sonically charged. . . . the poem ['Sound Machine'] gyrates through interrogations of grief and ancestry twinned with a brooded meditation on masculinity and selfhood.--Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
This book is a gift, for how it repurposes my understanding of treacherous feelings, and shapes them into something worth sticking around for.--Hanif Abdurraqib, author of A Fortune For Your Disaster
A memorable collection . . . Antrobus interlaces wit and pathos as he examines his identity as a deaf British Jamaican man in a world between sign language and speech.--The Sunday Times
Antrobus's evocative, musical honesty is unforgettable.--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Antrobus can be gentle, tactile, and pointed in this book--which collects into an affirmation, a pronouncement.--The Millions
The Perseverance relates Antrobus's experiences of being biracial and d/Deaf in sharp and beautiful poems. . . . These poems are expressive and beautiful and will leave readers thinking differently about sound and silence.--BuzzFeed