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Roger Robinson, A Portable Paradise (Peepal Tree Press, 2019)

We had the joy to read this book two months ago, and we couldn’t be happier to learn that this week Roger Robinson has won the T. S. Eliot Prize.
 

‘I want these poems to help people to practise empathy’ said the author. A Portable Paradise will be the people’s textbook for that matter, no doubt.

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“In the lights of mobile phones,
shadows wave makeshift flags, until they no longer wave them
and their sihouette fades to the roaring fiery light.

… Then the swan dive of a few bodies.”

– from “Haibun for the Lookers”

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