Rendang

Book / Poetry Collection


by Will Harris

Format: Paperback, English
80 page(s)
ISBN/ISBN13: 1783785594/9781783785599
Published Feb 06, 2020 by Granta

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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. It is intellectual and accessible, moving and experimental, and combines a linguistic innovation with a deep emotional rooting.



He has the confidence and stylistic mastery to jump between dreams and scenes like a character in an old video game. If verse is a tightrope, Harris skips along it.
Maria Crawford in Rendang by Will Harris — poems that brim with soul and playfulness (Financial Times, Mar 06, 2020)


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