Poor, Caleb Femi

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"Written by the former Young People’s Laureate for London, Caleb Femi’s poems explore the material experience of concrete and poverty as a black boy raised in the North Peckham Estate. It is devastating in its avoidance of nostalgia or romantic notions of that experience. In particular, the two part poem ‘A Designer Talks of a Home / A Resident Talks of Home’ deserves to be compulsory reading for all architecture students." - Nominated by Jess Majekodunmi

In Poor, Caleb Femi combines poetry and original photography to explore the trials, tribulations, dreams and joys of young Black boys in twenty-first century Peckham. He contemplates the ways in which they are informed by the built environment of concrete walls and gentrifying neighbourhoods that form their stage, writes a coded, near-mythical history of the personalities and sagas of his South London youth, and pays tribute to the rappers and artists who spoke to their lives.

160pp | 132 x 200 mm
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd