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Poor

Autor Caleb Femi
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 5 noi 2020

Chosen as a Book of the Year byNew Statesman,Financial Times,Guardian,Observer, Rough Trade and the BBC

Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection
Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize
Longlisted for the Jhalak Prize

'Restlessly inventive, brutally graceful, startlingly beautiful . . . a landmark debut'Guardian
'Oh my God, he's just stirring me. Destroying me'Michaela Coel
'A poet of truth and rage, heartbreak and joy'Max Porter
'It's simply stunning. Every image is a revelation'Terrance Hayes

What is it like to grow up in a place where the same police officer who told your primary school class they were special stops and searches you at 13 because 'you fit the description of a man' - and where it is possible to walk two and a half miles through an estate of 1,444 homes without ever touching the ground?

InPoor, Caleb Femi combines poetry and original photography to explore the trials, tribulations, dreams and joys of young Black boys in twenty-first century Peckham. He contemplates the ways in which they are informed by the built environment of concrete walls and gentrifying neighbourhoods that form their stage, writes a coded, near-mythical history of the personalities and sagas of his South London youth, and pays tribute to the rappers and artists who spoke to their lives.

Above all, this is a tribute to the world that shaped a poet, and to the people forging difficult lives and finding magic within it. As Femi writes in one of the final poems of this book: 'I have never loved anything the way I love the endz.'
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780141992150
ISBN-10: 0141992158
Pagini: 160
Dimensiuni: 132 x 200 x 12 mm
Greutate: 0.26 kg
Editura: Penguin Books
Colecția Penguin
Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

Raised on the North Peckham estate in South London, Caleb Femi is a poet and director. He has written and directed short films for the BBC and Channel 4, and poems for Tate Modern, the Royal Society for Literature, St Paul's Cathedral, the BBC, the Guardian and more. He has been featured in the Dazed 100 list of the next generation shaping youth culture. From 2016 to 2018, he served as the Young People's Laureate for London. He recently wrote the liner material for Kano's 2019 album Hoodies All Summer. This is his first book.


Recenzii

Caleb's talent calls for a global stage
I am reading apowerfulbook of poetry by a young man, Caleb Femi. Oh my God, he has a book calledPoorandhe's just stirring me. Destroying me. I look up to him as a poet
Caleb Femi is a giftto us all from the storytelling gods. He isa poet of truth and rage, heartbreak and joy. But above all, this is love poetry. Love of community, language, music and form.This book flows from the fabric of boyhood to the politics and architecture of agony, from the material to the spiritual, always moving, always real.Pooris the heartbeat of a living city which truly knows itself. Caleb is a mighty and positive force in UK culture and this is a vital book
In this fabulous debut, concrete becomes a paradox of toughness and vulnerability, confinement and shelter. . . Caleb Femi's riveting photographs andcompassionate yet hard-hittinglines map North Peckham's black boys and blocks . . .His depictions of young black men possess a brother's empathy. . .It's simply stunning. Every image is a revelation
Mesmerizing and transporting. I've never read a collection like this . . . I literally had to shake off the experience once I was finished. [This] incredible collection . . .gives voice to a London many wouldprefer to ignore. . . I don't think it possible for anyone to come away from this book without having developed new levels of empathy and compassion
Impressive. . . At the heart of the collection is the poet's deconstruction of language, fusing biblical cadence with a contemporary street vernacular.There is something reminiscent ofWilliam Blake's visionary poeticin Femi's commitment to a realistic worship for places like Aylesbury Estate and North Peckham, as well as their communities . . . [recalls] Gwendolyn Brooks's and Nate Marshall's odes to Chicago . . . [Pooris] in conversation with Roger Robinson's and Jay Bernard'spoems of witness and poeticgospel, which . . . create myths, legends, and folklore that renderblack bodies as holy
Caleb Femi'sPoorbristles with the exhilarations and violences ofboyhood and adolescence. In its interplay of image and text, of photographic image and poetic image,the book asks us to considerwhat is seen and unseen, spoken of and concealed; what is, inone of many numinous phrases, "proof of light". More than this,these are poems of witness, both noun and verb: poems of the self and what the self can bear
Giving a mythic resonance to communal life, the poems in Caleb Femi'sPoorarevital, confronting and electric. Political, spiritual,formally inventive and energized by a music of protest and grief, this is a rare and anthemic debut
An urban romantic . . . powerful
Caleb's talent calls for a global stage

Descriere


Chosen as a Book of the Year by New Statesman, Financial Times, Guardian, Observer, Rough Trade and the BBC

Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection
Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize
Longlisted for the Jhalak Prize


'Restlessly inventive, brutally graceful, startlingly beautiful . . . a landmark debut' Guardian
'Oh my God, he's just stirring me. Destroying me' Michaela Coel
'A poet of truth and rage, heartbreak and joy' Max Porter
'It's simply stunning. Every image is a revelation' Terrance Hayes

What is it like to grow up in a place where the same police officer who told your primary school class they were special stops and searches you at 13 because 'you fit the description of a man' - and where it is possible to walk two and a half miles through an estate of 1,444 homes without ever touching the ground?

In Poor, Caleb Femi combines poetry and original photography to explore the trials, tribulations, dreams and joys of young Black boys in twenty-first century Peckham. He contemplates the ways in which they are informed by the built environment of concrete walls and gentrifying neighbourhoods that form their stage, writes a coded, near-mythical history of the personalities and sagas of his South London youth, and pays tribute to the rappers and artists who spoke to their lives.

Above all, this is a tribute to the world that shaped a poet, and to the people forging difficult lives and finding magic within it. As Femi writes in one of the final poems of this book: 'I have never loved anything the way I love the endz.'