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Rendang by Will Harris — poems that brim with soul and playfulness

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Written by Maria Crawford, originally published in Financial Times

Mar 06, 2020

One of the standout scenes in Rendang rises from a second-hand memory in the daydream of a bored poet in a dressing room. A couple see a woman on the street dancing, hood over head, can of Diet Coke in hand: “The wind blew/and she nearly lost her balance but not only did she/not fall, she performed a kind of hop/and skip.” It’s one of many moving portraits of everyday grace in the debut collection of Will Harris, a young Anglo-Indonesian poet who has already won the acclaim of the Forward Prizes (Best Single Poem shortlist, 2018) and the Arts Foundation (Poetry Fellow, 2019).

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