Bookshelf 2019

Written by Richard Price and Sally Price for New West Indian Guide on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

Poet and performer Roger Robinson, who lives between Brixton and Trinidad, displays his full storytelling skills in his latest collection, A Portable Paradise (Leeds, U.K.: Peepal Tree Press, 2019, US$ 12.48), winner of the prestigious T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize. From its first moving section on the Grenfell Tower disaster to poems of slavery and modern police brutality to ironic takes on race in Britain, these poems pull you in, some making you laugh, others almost weep. Direct and important.