RENDANG, the debut collection from Will Harris, has the atmosphere of Louis MacNiece and proceeds with a dream logic that is reminiscent of John Ashbery. It’s a collection about London: about growing up here, about the emotional geography of a city with such a long and contested history. It’s also a collection about love and the notalgia of loss. I loved the balance of the longer, more narrative poems alongside the shorter, condensed ones. It has a breadth and maturity that is completely at odds with the fact that it's a debut. It’s a massive, gently ruminative, achievement. It’s already picking up gongs and is destined for more!
Author: Will Harris