Brother Poem (Wesleyan Poetry) (Paperback)
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A speculative-poetic work from the Forward Prize-winning, T.S. Eliot shortlisted author of RENDANG
At the heart of Brother Poem is a sequence addressed to a fictional brother. Through these fragments, Will Harris attempts to reckon with the past while mourning what never existed.
The text moves, cloud-like, through states of consciousness, beings and geographies, to create a moving portrait of contemporary anxieties around language and the need to communicate. With pronominal shifts, broken dialogisms, and obsessive feedback loops, it reflects on the fictions we tell ourselves, and in our attempts to live up to the demands of others.
From a dimension uncannily like our own, intuited through signs, whispers, and glitches, Brother Poem is shadowed by the loss of what can't be seen. Telling stories of bizarre familial reckonings and difficult relationships, about love and living with others, it is a deeply sensitive coming-of-age poetics.
About the Author
Will Harris is a London-based poet of Chinese Indonesian and British heritage. His first poetry book, RENDANG, was a Poetry Book Society Choice, shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize, and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. He co-runs the Southbank New Poets Collective with Vanessa Kisuule, and works in care homes in Tower Hamlets.