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The Perseverance

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The Perseverance is the remarkable debut book 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 exp
Paperback, 91 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by Penned in the Margins
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Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this debut collection, Antrobus explores different aspects of his identity, particularly being d/Deaf and being Jamaican-British. This book also delves into Deaf history, and looks at relationships between fathers and sons. I particularly admired Antrobus's focus on Deaf women in history, as I find I rarely see male poets writing about female historical figures. I found this collection witty, precise, and full of carefully controlled rage. Many of my favourite poems were about some aspect of ...more
Abbi Bennett
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, u-n-i
I think it's difficult to rate poetry collections but I did enjoy this, it had a few really good poems that were amazing and a few that were just okay. Interested to see where the discussion at uni with this will go.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an upcoming title I was lucky enough to get an early copy of. This is a brilliant collection, discussing the multiple facets of identity, such as race (the author is of mixed heritage, English and Jamaican), disability, gender etc, and the isolation those identities can/do bring. Antrobus honestly and nakedly describes the fear and ignorance he's encountered due to his race and deafness, sometimes separately, other times combined. It's a passionate, raw account of the erasure of the d/De ...more
I saw Raymond Antrobus live a few weeks ago, and he’s amazing! I know I’ve read books with deaf characters before, but I don’t think I’ve read much poetry. One thing that really stood out to me in this collection was how much it draws on current affairs. I had no idea bout some of the events that he drew on to inspire his poems, but it was still a feeling I recognise—of caring about the news and what it has to say and who is its victims and who are its protagonists, and who is silent. The fact t ...more
Chris Baker
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, reviewed
It should be no surprise that a d/Deaf poet conjures a powerful sound world. The resonance of these poems oscillates between the voices of Antrobus' family - Jamacain patois, British market stall - his father's sound system tinkering and his own experinces of language and miscommunication (he couldn't hear, and thus pronounce, the second half of his own surname as a child). It bleeds between Jamaica and Britain, d/Deaf and 'hearing', old and young generations. At his most expansive Antrobus spea ...more
Shivanee Ramlochan
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Review forthcoming!
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Poetry collectio from a British-Jamaican poet on language, communication, fathers, and the d/Deaf experience that was very much my cup of tea.
Amy Alice
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Really enjoyed this poetry collection about the d/Deaf experience of a young black man in London. Showed me my ignorance and immersed me in his unique perspective.
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