The Perseverance

The poetry collection by Raymond Antrobus.

Raymond Antrobus

Raymond Antrobus is a British-Jamaican poet, performer, editor and educator, born and bred in East London, Hackney. He is one of the world s first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word education from Goldsmiths University. In 2017 he was awarded 1 of 3 inaugural Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships. Raymond s poetry has appeared on BBC 2, BBC Radio 4 and The Guardian. He has published two pamphlets, Shapes & Disfigurements Of Raymond Antrobus (Burning Eye, 2012) and To Sweeten Bitter (Outspoken Press, 2017). The Perseverance is his first full collection. He lives in Hackney.

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.

From the book


My ear amps whistle as if singing

to Echo, Goddess of Noise,

the ravelled knot of tongues, of blaring birds, consonant crumbs

of dull doorbells, sounds swamped

in my misty hearing aid tubes.

Gaudí believed in holy sound

and built a cathedral to contain it,

pulling hearing men from their knees

as though Deafness is a kind of Atheism.

Who would turn down God?

Even though I have not heard

the golden decibel of angels,

I have been living in a noiseless palace

where the doorbell is pulsating

light and I am able to answer.

From The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus ©2018. Published by Penned in the Margins.

Watch Raymond Antrobus perform

Raymond Antrobus: Two Guns in the Sky for Daniel Harris

3 years ago
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Award-winning poet Raymond Antrobus performs his poem, "Two Guns in the Sky for Daniel Harris"

Interviews with Raymond Antrobus

The British-Jamaican poet spoke to Eleanor Wachtel about his prize-winning new collection, The Perseverance, which explores his complicated relationship with his late father and his experience growing up deaf.


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