Thursday 23 June 2022, 8pm
Delighted to host a launch event for Anthony Joseph's new poetry collection, Sonnets for Albert (Bloomsbury Poetry, 9 June), a book of reimagined sonnets, remixing the form in a set of elegies for his father that commemorate and interrogate their complex relationship, while examining the wider edges of Caribbean masculinity and fatherhood, absence, loss and longing.
Using his form, the calypso sonnet, a politically invested line length, Joseph enforces a melodic rhythm which reminds him of his father and favours a decidedly Afro-Caribbean approach.
Anthony Joseph will discuss Sonnets for Albert with writer and performer, Hannah Silva, followed by a music-accompanied reading with Jason Yarde (alto & soprano saxophones) and Rod Youngs (drums).
‘An absolutely brilliant writer’ – Benjamin Zephaniah
‘An exceptional talent’ – Blake Morrison
“afro-blue to astro-black and what glimmers in between” – The Times
“One of the most talented and engaging purveyors of the music right now” – Mojo.
Anthony Joseph is a poet, novelist, academic and musician who moved from Trinidad to the UK in 1989. A lecturer in creative writing at Birkbeck College, he is particularly interested in the point at which poetry becomes music. As well as four poetry collections, a slew of albums, and three novels – most recently Kitch (Peepal Tree Press, 2018) – Joseph has published critical work exploring the aesthetics of Caribbean Poetry among other subjects. He performs internationally as the lead vocalist for his band The Spasm Band. Sonnets for Albert is his first poetry collection since Rubber Orchestras (Salt, 2013).