7 A Portable Paradise

A Portable Paradise by Roger Robinson

Jane Kite’s choice number 7

Read the poem here.

Since it won the T S Eliot Prize 2019, announced in January this year, I’ve heard the title poem of Roger Robinson’s collection A Portable Paradise on the radio several times.  Each time it’s stopped me to listen.  It is a wonderful and important collection of poems.  On the video below you can hear Roger Robinson read three poems from the book, ending with the title poem.

I love the line trace its ridges in your pocket – the linking of the imagination with the real to provide a resource that they can’t steal.

I don’t think poems have to be useful, but I think this one is.  This is very good advice (thank you RR’s grandmother) and I keep it with me.

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