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Poor

Femi Caleb

9780141992150

BOOK DETAILS

Price: $22.99
Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN13: 9780141992150
Published: November 2020

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Lyrical, heartbreaking and hopeful, the Peckham poet's debut collection exploring the lives of young Black boys, and the architecture that shapes them

What is it like to grow up in a place where the same police officer who told your primary school class they were special stops and searches you at 13 because 'you fit the description of a man' - and where it is possible to walk two and a half miles through an estate of 1,444 homes without ever touching the ground?

In Poor, Caleb Femi combines poetry and original photography to explore the trials, tribulations, dreams and joys of young Black boys in twenty-first century Peckham. He contemplates the ways in which they are informed by the built environment of concrete walls and gentrifying neighbourhoods that form their stage, writes a coded, near-mythical history of the personalities and sagas of his South London youth, and pays tribute to the rappers and artists who spoke to their lives.

Above all, this is a tribute to the world that shaped a poet, and to the people forging difficult lives and finding magic within it. As Femi writes in one of the final poems of this book- 'I have never loved anything the way I love the endz.'

Book details and technical specifications

Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN13: 9780141992150
Published: November 2020

Number of pages: 160
Width: 132 mm
Height: 200 mm
Depth: 12 mm

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

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