Los Angeles poet laureate, Robin Coste Lewis is the winner of the National Book Award for Voyage of the Sable Venus, which is a collection of poems about history, race, gender, power, the body, scholarship and visual representation that asks, what is blackness, womanhood, and beauty in relation to the histories that have preceded it? It is “a collection of reckoning and of difficult truths, is also a collection of roving joy” (The Georgia Review) Robin Coste Lewis’s work has inspired British Jamaican poet Raymond Antrobus, and indeed her lines ‘There is no telling what language is/ inside the body’ are quoted in the epigraph to The Perserverance, Raymond Antrobus’s Forward Prize nominated collection. The Perseverance is a book of loss, contested language, praise where elegies for the poet’s father sit alongside meditations on the d/Deaf experience. Robin Coste Lewis and Raymond Antrobus will meet together for readings and conversation.
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