Colin Robinson’s long-awaited debut collection, You Have You Father Hard Head, represents a nuanced but unswerving engagement with desire and intimacy as he explores what it means to be a Caribbean son negotiating the complexities of relationships between men. In poems of generous vulnerability and intimacy, Robinson captures the voice of boys on whose spirits and “hard heads” their mothers live out the memory of their fathers. Robinson’s verse, which is acutely aware of the troubled history of race, politics and identity in Caribbean society, is taut, ironic, and richly evocative of various landscapes and cultures that have shaped him over the years. He manages to sustain a tonal authenticity in these polyvalent poems that make use of both terse epigrammatic forms and longer, expansive narrative forms. Uniquely, and importantly, You Have You Father Hard Head, breaks new ground in Caribbean poetry as it explores with distinctively Caribbean candour, wit and irony themes of sexual love between men and views of life with HIV. Here is poetry of admirable honesty and acute self-awareness.
Colin Robinson has just published his first collection of poetry. He lives in Trinidad and Tobago, to which he has returned twice, from Leeds at age 4, and Brooklyn at age 45. His poetry has also appeared in The Caribbean Writer (2014), Sx Salon: A Small Axe Literary Platform (2014), Tout Moun: Caribbean Journal of Cultural Studies (2014), and Peekash Press’s 2015 anthology, Coming Up Hot: Eight New Poets from the Caribbean.
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