Today, Sunday 21st March 2021, is World Poetry Day, so why not take some time out to indulge in the words of your favourite poet.
We find it can help put things into perspective and allows some time for reflection.
The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus
My favourite book of poetry this year is The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus. Raymond’s deafness was diagnosed quite late, which meant that by the time he was 12, he had the reading and writing age of a six-year-old. This impacted his school and home life.
In The Perseverance, Raymond beautiful and intimately describes the prejudice he has experienced against deaf people.
You can hear (or read) Raymond talk about The Perseverance below.
There are many thought-provoking poems in the collection, some of which you can hear (and read) below. Dear Hearing World is one of my favourites.
Find out more about Raymond Antrobus by visiting his Website.
Another poet I’ve been introduced to this year is Steve Head, who is based in Paris, but has family on the Isle of Wight.
Steve’s ‘In the long grass’ was recently set to soundscapes by Charlie and Jake at Echoes and Edges. The result, as you can hear below, is simply beautiful.
We’re hoping that if the pandemic allows, Steve might be able to come to the Island for Ventnor Fringe Festival this year. We’ll let you know if that happens.
You can follow Steve over on his Facebook Page.
Image: © Real Ideas