Antiemetic for Homesickness (Paperback)
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Antiemetic for Homesickness (Paperback)

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Paperback 96 Pages / Published: 23/07/2020
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Tackling themes of colonialism and belonging in dexterous, nimble verse, Ante’s spellbinding collection draws on Filipino heritage and is peppered with the evocative Austronesian language of Tagalog.   

Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2021

Longlisted for the Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize 2021

A day will come when you won't miss
the country na nagluwal sa 'yo...

The poems in Romalyn Ante's luminous debut build a bridge between two worlds: journeying from the country 'na nagluwal sa 'yo' - that gave birth to you - to a new life in the United Kingdom.

Steeped in the richness of Filipino folklore, and studded with Tagalog, these poems speak of the ache of assimilation and the complexities of belonging, telling the stories of generations of migrants who find exile through employment - through the voices of the mothers who leave and the children who are left behind.

With dazzling formal dexterity and emotional resonance, this expansive debut offers a unique perspective on family, colonialism, homeland and heritage: from the countries we carry with us, to the places we call home.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784743000
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 105 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 7 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Captivating...playful...moving, witty and agile...These poems have a tended quality, as though Ante's kindness as a nurse extended to them. She is an unforced poet with a lightness of touch and fortitude, not neglecting to see her situation within a wider cultural and historical context' - Kate Kelloway, Observer

'A poetry of rapturous images and riveting conscience' - Tracy K. Smith

'Romalyn Ante is a poet to fall in love with. A flower of both the Philippines and the Black Country, her vivid, sensual poems weave a fascinating and moving story of migration and loss, caring and tenderness' - Liz Berry

'Ante's poems are like embers, pared back to a slow-burning emotional core whose intensity she sustains elegantly throughout the collection' - Stephanie Sy-Quia, Times Literary Supplement

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“Outstanding”

Complex emotions and thoughts explored with such clarity of language and unforgettable imagery. This book tackles the themes of migration, the nursing career, identity, memory, family, and belonging. A must-read. A... More

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“Timely and Timeless”

This book is about leaving your homeland to work to another country and to be able to provide for your loved ones. It is about nursing, pain, and healing. It is about assimilation and reclamation. It is about power... More

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“Ahead of its time”

I have read many poetry books in the last year, most of then were even listed for poetry book prizes. But this book is one of the best, even more powerful than the Forward debut prize list last year (we know the... More

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