ACHUKA #BookOfTheDay 8 Oct 2020
COVID very nearly killed Michael Rosen. He had a much, much longer stay in hospital and a much rougher ride than the Prime Minister. He still hasn’t fully recovered physically but, judging from his activity on Twitter, his mind has been unaffected.
The collection’s title took me back to the poem of the same name by Thom Gunn:
Here he joins forces with Quentin Blake, focusing on migration and displacement. The poems are divided into four series: in the first, he draws on his childhood as part of a first-generation Polish family living in London; in the second, on his perception of the War as a young boy; in the third, on his ‘missing’ relatives and the Holocaust; and in the fourth, on global experiences of migration.
It’s a classic collection and, I would imagine, highly collectable.