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Colin Robinson’s long-awaited debut collection, You Have You Father Hard Head, represents a nuanced but unswerving engagement with desire and intimacy as he explores what it means to be a Caribbean son negotiating the complexities of relationships between men. In poems of generous vulnerability and intimacy, Robinson captures the voice of boys on whose spirits and ?hard heads” their mothers live out the memory of their fathers. Robinson’s verse, which is acutely aware of the troubled history of race, politics and identity in Caribbean society, is taut, ironic, and richly evocative of various landscapes and cultures that have shaped him over the years. He manages to sustain a tonal authenticity in these polyvalent poems that make use of both terse epigrammatic forms and longer, expansive narrative forms. Uniquely, and importantly, You Have You Father Hard Head, breaks new ground in Caribbean poetry as it explores with distinctively Caribbean candor, wit and irony themes of sexual love between men and views of life with HIV, even as it offers an appreciation of the everyday of Afro-Caribbean feminism. Here is poetry of admirable vulnerability and acute self awareness: i have never felt safe in manhood and thirty years since i last set foot in queens park oval just below the surface of my grand gesture of godfatherhood is the panic like that day at being discovered as a fake or worse discovered to be faking (?Manhood at the Oval”)
Number of Pages: 115
Publisher: Paul & Co Pub Consortium
Author: Colin Robinson
Street Date: November 1, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-35-7554
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