Vidyan Ravinthiran's second collection is a book of sonnets for his wife.
These are love poems that turn analytical, consider the world, and in which the pronoun 'we' aspires to stand for a larger community, including (if you like) readers themselves.
Many describe life in the North East for a mixed-race couple, considering both the redemptive force of love and the cultural origins of our discontent.
Brexit; racist and sexist abuse; class; our work-life balance, and our relationship with institutions (be it our employer, or the NHS); taboos surrounding mental health; civil war in Sri Lanka; media representation of minorities; immigrant anxieties: these poems look inward, but also outward.
Worrying at the link between society and our private lives, they scorn a politics which would put us all in separate boxes.
Love, and imagination, may not conquer all, but as recent shocks suggest, `we' must at least try to understand people different to us.
Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 96 pages
- Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 20/06/2019
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9781780374765