The Perseverance

The Perseverance

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Author: Raymond Antrobus

Publisher: Penned in the Margins


Sam says:

"Raymond grew up around the corner from the shop and in this, his multi-award-winning debut collection, he helps us to see Hackney anew. The title poem, a devastating sestina, circles the Perseverance pub on Broadway Market, probing the poet's relationship with his father, and what persists after loss. In Dear Hearing World, he describes his experience of being a deaf child, and of the poetry that might have been lost to him (that is being lost to others, through loss of provision). It's a barnstormer of a collection, generational."

“Call it a boy busking on the canal path singing/to no but the bridges/and the black water under them”"


the poetry book society choice
winner of the sunday times/university of warwick young writer award
winner of the ted hughes award
winner of the rathbones folio prize
winner of the somerset maugham award
shortlisted for the griffin prize
shortlisted for the forward prize for best first collection
shortlisted for the jhalak prize
shortlisted for the michael murphy prize
poetry book of the year - the guardian
poetry book of the year - the sunday times
book of the year - the poetry school

The Perseverance is the multi-award-winning debut by British-Jamaican poet Raymond Antrobus.

Ranging across history and continents, these poems operate in the spaces in between, their haunting lyrics creating new, hybrid territories. The Perseverance is a book of loss, contested language and praise, where elegies for the poet’s father sit alongside meditations on the d/Deaf experience.