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Roger Robinson wins the TS Eliot prize for his collection A Portable Paradise.

Jessie Gaynor

January 13, 2020, 3:10pm

British-Trinidadian poet Roger Robinson has won the prestigious TS Eliot prize. This is the first time Robinson, “a long-time performer of dub poetry—a form of spoken word with West Indian roots,” has been nominated for the prize, which carries with it a £25,000 purse. John Burnside, the chair of the judges, said that Robinson was the unanimous choice.

A Portable Paradise, published by the small indie Peepal Tree Press, deals with “racism [and] violence… as well as moments of joy and beauty,” and includes a series of poems that reflect on the Grenfell Tower fire.

[via The Guardian]

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