A Portable Paradise by Roger Robinson
Jane Kite’s choice number 7
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.