A Portable Paradise

July 8, 2020

Roger Robinson, Peepal Tree Press, £9.99

Afua Hirsch calls Robinson ‘the voice of our communal consciousness’ and his latest collection has been greatly lauded, winning both the TS Eliot Prize and the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize.

A Portable Paradise is a powerful exploration of grief and survival, depicting the racism, inequality and injustice of modern Britain in its many forms. These poems are powered by more than just anger: the tenderness of the portraits of Grenfell survivors, the joy as well as the pain he evokes in family life and the incisive subtlety of his imagery make Robinson a bright light in contemporary poetry.