* Winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize 2019 * Winner of the Ted Hughes Award 2018* Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize *
An extraordinary debut from a young British-Jamaican poet, The Perseverance is a book of loss, language and praise.
One of the most crucial new voices to emerge from Britain, Raymond Antrobus explores the d/Deaf experience, the death of his father, and the failure to communicate. Ranging across history, time zones and continents, The Perseverance operates in the in-betweens of dual heritages, of form and expression, emerging to show us what it means to exist, and to flourish.
Raymond Antrobus was born in Hackney, London to an English mother and Jamaican father. He is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Complete Works III, and Jerwood Compton Poetry, and one of the world’s first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word Education from Goldsmiths, University of London. Raymond is a founding member of Chill Pill and the Keats House Poets Forum. He has had multiple residencies in deaf and hearing schools around London, as well as Pupil Referral Units. In 2018 he was awarded the Geoffrey Dearmer Award by the Poetry Society, judged by Ocean Vuong. Raymond currently lives in London and spends most of his time working nationally and internationally as a freelance poet and teacher.