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A Portable Paradise

A Portable Paradise is a collection of poems by Roger Robinson that won the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2020.

The poems explore themes of Black-British experiences and the concept of paradise as something personal and internal rather than a physical location.

The poems express a fierce anger against injustice, but also convey the irrepressible sense that Roger Robinson cannot help but love people for their humour, oddity and generosity of spirit.

These are finely crafted poems, but what first strikes the reader is Roger Robinsons capacity to tell involving stories and capture the essence of a character in a few words.

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With Portable Paradise, Roger Robinson shows us that he can be the voice of our communal consciousness, while at the same time always subverting, playing and beguiling with his beautiful verse.

Afua HirschBooker Prize Winner