Just one from Raymond Antrobus‘s incredible collection The Perseverance and its pages of astonishing poems on family, language, grief, inheritance, sound, silence, his identity as a deaf British Jamaican man, and so much more.
‘black with widening amnesia’ Derek Walcott
When his sleeping face was a scrunched tissue, wet with babbling,
you came, unravelling a joy, making him euphoric, dribbling from his mouth–
you simplified a complicated man, swallowed his past until your breath was warm as Caribbean concrete–
O tender syndrome steady in his greying eyes, fading song in his grand dancehall,
if you must, do your gentle magic, but make me unafraid of what is