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There is an Anger That Moves
ISBN: 978 1 857549 45 4
Categories: 21st Century, Caribbean
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: October 2007
216 x 135 x 6 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle)
The page of this poem is a space
on which you may throw rice grains as divination,
use up the magic that only rotted inside you. Between these words
from 'An Allowance for Ula-May'
The six sequences of There Is an Anger that Moves travel from Jamaica to England and back. A mother's heart is broken; men fall in love secretly; people dance until they die. Religion haunts these disbelieving poems which move sometimes to the measure of a hymn, sometimes to the cadence of a Baptist sermon. Each swells with its own conviction, even when that conviction is doubt. Miller makes us believe in the power of unexpected things: the colour orange, broken coffins, ice cream and in the transforming power of poetry.
From this book Kei Miller emerges as one of the most compelling and subtle new voices from the Caribbean.
'Raise high the roofbeams, here comes a strong new presence in poetry...Kei Miller's is a voice we will hear much more of, for it speaks and sings with rare confidence and authority.'
'Some of the most exciting poetry I've read in years. Radiant utterance that speaks of island experiences and gender politics from a deep well of understanding, with empathy, humour and insight. An extraordinary new voice singing with clarity and grace.'
Praise for Kei Miller Miller's charming second collection [There Is an Anger that Moves] is an affectionately jaunty glimpse of a life caught between the cold and baffling England he has adopted and the fiery warmth of his Jamaican home.
No. 7 in 'The Ten Best New poetry collections' - the Independent, 2007
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