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British Museum

Daljit Nagra

The third collection from one of the most distinctive voices in British poetry, Daljit Nagra.

Format
Hardback
ISBN
9780571333738
Date Published
18.05.2017
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Summary

Daljit Nagra possesses one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary English poetry. British Museum is his third collection, following his electrifying version of the epic Ramayana, and marks a significant departure of style to something quieter, more contemplative and inquisitive, at times valedictory. His political edge has been honed in a series of meditations and reflections upon our heritage, our legacy, and the institutions that define them: the BBC, Hadrian’s Wall, the Sikh gurdwaras of our towns, the British Museum of the title poem. With compassion and charisma, Nagra explores the impact of the first wave of mass migration to our shores, the Arab Spring, the allure of extremism along with a series of personal poems about the pressures of growing up in a traditional community. British Museum is a book that asks profound questions of our ethics and responsibilities at a time of great challenge to our sense of national identity.

Critic Reviews

At its best, [British Museum] shows Nagra pushing the puckishness of his style to address social themes of increasing significance, suggesting, as “He Do the Foreign Voices” does, “our hoard of words must cleanse the world”.

Guardian
Critic Reviews

Nagra would make an excellently provocative laureate. ‘Meditations on the British Museum’... conjures the savagery and hypocrisy of colonial history with resonant, surreal concision … The most profound poems in this book, however, are the personal ones [and] his quieter poems can be exquisitely judged in their lyricism.

Jeremy Noel-Tod, Sunday Times
Critic Reviews

At its best, [British Museum] shows Nagra pushing the puckishness of his style to address social themes of increasing significance, suggesting, as “He Do the Foreign Voices” does, “our hoard of words must cleanse the world”.

Ben Wilkinson, Guardian
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Daljit Nagra has published four poetry collections with Faber & Faber. He has won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem and Best First Collection, the South Bank Show Decibel Award and the Cholmondeley Award. His books have been nominated for the Costa Prize and twice for the T. S. Eliot Prize, and he has been selected as a New…

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