Will Harris

In ‘Rendang’, Will Harris complicates and experiments with the lyric in a way that urges it forward. With an unflinching yet generous eye, ‘Rendang’ is a collection that engages equally with the pain and promise of self-perception. Drawing on his Anglo-Indonesian heritage, Harris shows us new ways to think about the contradictions of identity and cultural memory. He creates companions that speak to us in multiple languages; they sit next to us on the bus, walk with us through the crowd and talk to us while we’re chopping shallots. They deftly ask us to consider how and what we look at, as well as what we don’t look at and why. Playing eruditely with and querying structures of narrative, with his use of the long poem, images, ekphrasis, and ruptured forms, ‘Rendang’ is a startling new take on the self, and how an identity is constructed.

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WINNER OF THE FELIX DENNIS PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST COLLECTION SHORTLISTED FOR THE T.S. ELIOT PRIZE FOR POETRY 2020A startlingly radical and surreal poetic journey, RENDANG takes the reader from West Sumatra to Planet Mongo via Gray’s Inn Road, alighting on Indonesian artefacts, gentrification, and citizenry. RENDANG is an urgent comment on what it means to be a person now, a dissection of and love letter to the histories, places, and things that make us.Through adept and complex language play, a ludic voice, and a masterful command of form, Will Harris creates a poetry that charts the ambivalences, difficulties, and voices of our contemporary landscape.

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Weight 190 g
Dimensions 20 × 13 × 0.8 cm


Granta Poetry









821.92 (edition:23)


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