The healing next time - McFarlane, Roy,author.

Jacket Image
Format:
Paperback
ISBN:
9781911027454
Published:
4th Oct 2018
Publisher:
Nine Arches Press
Dimensions:
79 pages: 198 x 129 x 8mm

Hate was easy, loving was hard, hate lay down like a rotten fruit but loving needs to be nurtured. Roy McFarlane's second poetry collection, The Healing Next Time, is a timely and unparalleled book of interwoven sequences on institutional racism, deaths in custody and of a life story set against the ever-changing backdrop of Birmingham at the turn of the millennium. Here forms a potent and resolute narrative in lyrical and multidimensional poems which refuse to look the other way or accept the whitewashed version of events. Courageous, rageful and mournful, these are poems of Black history and Black presence, poems of witness and poems of activism. McFarlane's intricate lines make record of injustice and mark the names of those who have lost their lives and dignity to prejudice and hatred. The Healing Next Time also asks vital questions of the future, and of the reader - and reminds us where the power to change things lies. It is also a poetry of personal discovery, of revelation and resilience - where the influence of Jazz and of James Baldwin infuse and shape this unique, remarkable book.

Roy McFarlane was born in Birmingham of Jamaican parentage and spent most of his years living in Wolverhampton. He has held the role of Birmingham's Poet Laureate and Starbucks' Poet in Residence. Roy's writing has appeared in magazines and anthologies, including Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe 2012) and he is the writer and editor of Celebrate Wha? (Smokestack 2011). His first full collection of poems, Beginning With Your Last Breath, was published by Nine Arches Press in September 2016.