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Paperback 128 Pages / Published: 05/11/2020
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Exploring the lives of young Black men in twenty-first-century Peckham through poetry and image, Poor is a staggering feat of visual storytelling, rooted in love of community, language and form.

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What is it like to grow up in a place where the same police officer who told your primary school class they were special stops and searches you at 13 because 'you fit the description of a man' - and where it is possible to walk two and a half miles through an estate of 1,444 homes without ever touching the ground?

In Poor, Caleb Femi combines poetry and original photography to explore the trials, tribulations, dreams and joys of young Black boys in twenty-first century Peckham. He contemplates the ways in which they are informed by the built environment of concrete walls and gentrifying neighbourhoods that form their stage, writes a coded, near-mythical history of the personalities and sagas of his South London youth, and pays tribute to the rappers and artists who spoke to their lives.

Above all, this is a tribute to the world that shaped a poet, and to the people forging difficult lives and finding magic within it. As Femi writes in one of the final poems of this book: 'I have never loved anything the way I love the endz.'

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 2928377038588
Number of pages: 128
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'An urban romantic ... powerful' - Dazed & Confused

"Caleb Femi is a gift to us all from the storytelling gods. He is a poet of truth and rage, heartbreak and joy. But above all, this is love poetry. Love of community, language, music and form. This book flows from the fabric of boyhood to the politics and architecture of agony, from the material to the spiritual, always moving, always real. Poor is the heartbeat of a living city which truly knows itself. Caleb is a mighty and positive force in UK culture and this is a vital book" - Max Porter, author of Lanny

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“Recommended”

Collection of poetry and photography covering life on a Peckham council estate, and the experience of growing up poor and hungry in almost doomed surroundings drawing upon notions of class, race and the constant... More

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“Essential reading for writers and poets”

Combining poetry and photography, this is a unique body of work that touches on topics like race, class and gentrification through the lens of a black boy growing up in South London, Peckham. With raw emotion, honesty... More

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“Stunning new voice”

Caleb Femi grew up on the North Peckham estate and this collection of poems is about his experience of being poor, Black and in South London. It is a stunning collection of poems about his life and experiences,... More

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