Antiemetic for Homesickness


Romalyn Ante

Born on the fiesta of San Sebastian in her hometown of Lipa Batangas, Romalyn Ante left the Philippines at 16, when her mother – a nurse in the NHS – brought the family to the UK. The poems in her debut collection, ‘Antiemetic for Homesickness’, are a bridge between these two worlds: lush with the smells and tastes of home back in the Philippines, they piercingly explore notions of identity, homeland and heritage across cultures, languages and the place one calls home. Soaked in a rich landscape of memory, Philippine mythology, and folklore, and studded with Tagalog, her poems speak of the ache of assimilation and the complexities of belonging, but also the healing and restoration that can be found through her work as a nurse.

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*Longlisted for the Swansea University Dylan Thomas prize 2021*
*Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2021: A ‘tour-de-force’*

*An Irish Times and Poetry School Book of the Year 2020*

‘A day will come when you won’t miss
the country na nagluwal sa ‘yo.’
– ‘Antiemetic for Homesickness’

The poems in Romalyn Ante’s luminous debut build a bridge between two worlds: journeying from the country ‘na nagluwal sa ‘yo‘ – that gave birth to you – to a new life in the United Kingdom.

Steeped in the richness of Filipino folklore, and studded with Tagalog, these poems speak of the ache of assimilation and the complexities of belonging, telling the stories of generations of migrants who find exile through employment – through the voices of the mothers who leave and the children who are left behind.

With dazzling formal dexterity and emotional resonance, this expansive debut offers a unique perspective on family, colonialism, homeland and heritage: from the countries we carry with us, to the places we call home.

‘Moving, witty and agile’ Observer

By turns playful and tender, offering a formally-various exploration of migration, community, and nursing… there is honesty, musicality, a powerful heart’ Irish Times

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Weight 105 g
Dimensions 21.6 × 13.5 × 0.7 cm


Chatto & Windus









821.92 (edition:23)


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