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RENDANG

Mother Country
The shades open for landing, 
I see the pandan-leafed 
interior expanding
towards the edge of a relieved
horizon. Down along
the banks of the Ciliwung 
are slums I had forgotten, 
the river like a loosely 
sutured wound. As we begin 
our descent into the black 
smog of an emerging
power, I make out the tin 
shacks, the stalls selling juices, 
the red-tiled colonial 
barracks, the new mall.
It is raining profusely.
After years of her urging
me to go, me holding back,
I have no more excuses.

Using long poems, ekphrasis, and ruptured forms, RENDANG is a startling new take on the self, and how an identity is constructed. Drawing on his Anglo-Indonesian heritage, Will Harris shows us new ways to think about the contradictions of identity and cultural memory. He creates companions that speak to us in multiple languages. They deftly ask us to consider how and what we look at, as well as what we don't look at and why. It is intellectual and accessible, moving and experimental, and combines a linguistic innovation with a deep emotional rooting.

About the Author

WILL HARRIS is a London-based poet who has published with the Guardian, the London Review of Books, Granta, The Poetry Review, and The White Review.

Reviews

"Will Harris takes British poetry into new waters: RENDANG is an astonishing debut. These questing poems rend and render, they tear and they give. Slipping between the everyday and the unreal, between crystalline lyric and a roving, essayistic expansiveness, their shapeshifting delves into the self and its precarious foundations... Many are heart-stopping: the kind of poem that makes you put down the book for a while just to breathe."—Sarah Howe, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize

"Harris's poems turn the utterance back to ourselves, opening a dialogue between us, our modernity, the depth of our loss and the weight of our remembering. Where epithets rend memory from the moment, the artefacts of wounds heal themselves through a weft of irony, weaving language into a hard-earned scar."—Sandeep Parmar

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