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Brother Poem

A speculative-poetic work from the Forward Prize-winning, T.S. Eliot shortlisted author of RENDANG

4 million years ago, a tiny branch in the multiverse led to the formation of Brother Poem, a book from a dimension uncannily like our own but intuited through signs, whispers, glitches, and echoes, shadowed by the loss of what can't be seen. Brother Poem tells stories of bizarre familial reckonings and difficult relationships, about love and living with others; it is a shifting portrait of the personas which define us.

At the heart of Brother Poem is a sequence addressed to a fictional brother, an attempt to reckon with the past while mourning what never existed. A text that moves cloud-like through states of consciousness, being, and geographies, it creates a moving portrait of contemporary anxieties around language and the need to communicate.

With its pronominal shifts, broken dialogisms and obsessive feedback loops, Brother Poem is a ludic reflection on the fictions we tell ourselves, and on our attempts to live up to the demands of others. Brother Poem is a deeply sensitive coming-of-age poetics.

About the Author

A London-based poet of Chinese Indonesian and British heritage, WILL HARRIS has had work published in the Guardian, The New Republic, the London Review of Books, Granta, and The Poetry Review, among other places. His first poetry book, RENDANG, was the winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, a Book Society Choice, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and John Pollard Prize, and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and Rathbones Folio Prize.

Endorsements

"With Brother Poem, Will Harris begins again, as all strong poets must with each book, and the lyricism and formal intelligence he demonstrated in his first book are only more impressive here."—Shane McCrae, author of Cain Named the Animal

"After the triumph of RENDANG, Will Harris takes us in this captivating new collection to a place altogether stranger, where the self is polished to a blur and memory a series of forking paths: 'Each time / you forget & remember the experience / becomes truer.' With uncommon brilliance and linguistic originality, this is a book that unpicks the myths we weave around ourselves as individuals or as nations. Harris is a poet I turn to for the solace of an idea perfectly caught. These are poems to dwell in; they challenge and restore."—Sarah Howe, author of Loop of Jade
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