Will Harris: Brother Poem


Thursday 30th March 2023, 6:30pm, £5

Storysmith, 236 North Street, Bristol, BS3 1JD

One of our favourite contemporary poets Will Harris is back with a stunning second collection, and we’re stoked to be hosting a very special in-store reading and conversation to mark the release of Brother Poem.

We’re especially thrilled that Will is joining us in person – he was originally scheduled for an event at Storymith back in March 2020 which never came to pass for inevitable reasons… now we’re putting it right! This will be a fantastic opportunity to hear from a gifted and effortlessly engaging poetic voice.

Tickets include a glass of wine. Pre-order your paperback copy of Brother Poem (rrp £10.99) for a special discounted price with your ticket, then collect on the night!

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About Will Harris

Will Harris is a London-based writer. His debut poetry book RENDANG (2020) was a Poetry Book Society Choice, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. He co-edited the Spring 2020 issue of The Poetry Review with Mary Jean Chan. He has collaborated with the artist Aisha Farr, and helps facilitate the Southbank New Poets Collective with Vanessa Kisuule. He co-translated Habib Tengour’s Consolatio with Delaina Haslam in 2022. His second book of poems, Brother Poem, will be published by Granta in the UK and by Wesleyan in the US in March 2023.

About Brother Poem

A speculative-poetic work from the Forward Prize-winning, T.S. Eliot shortlisted author of RENDANG.

At the heart of Brother Poem is a sequence addressed to a fictional brother. Through these fragments, Will Harris attempts to reckon with the past while mourning what never existed.

The text moves, cloud-like, through states of consciousness, beings and geographies, to create a moving portrait of contemporary anxieties around language and the need to communicate. With pronominal shifts, broken dialogisms, and obsessive feedback loops, it reflects on the fictions we tell ourselves, and in our attempts to live up to the demands of others. From a dimension uncannily like our own, intuited through signs, whispers, and glitches, Brother Poem is shadowed by the loss of what can’t be seen.

Telling stories of bizarre familial reckonings and difficult relationships, about love and living with others, it is a deeply sensitive coming-of-age poetics.

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