A beautiful, brutal and breathtaking novel-in-verse from one of the brightest young British writers of today.
Derek Owusu is a writer, poet and podcaster from north London. He discovered his passion for literature at the age of twenty-three while studying exercise science at university. Unable to afford a change of degree, Derek began reading voraciously and sneaking into English Literature lectures at the University of Manchester. Derek edited and contributed to Safe- On Black British Men Reclaiming Space. That Reminds Me, his first solo work, won the Desmond Elliott Prize 2020.
A dreamy, impressionistic offeringof reassembled fragments of
memories emerging through the misty beauty of a deliciously
individualistic poetic sensibility with flashes of Twi and UK
London ebonics to further remind us of what has been missing from
British poetry... I can't tell you how impressed I was and how much
I enjoyed reading this stunning book. -- Bernadine Evaristo, Booker
Prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other
When writing is this honest, it soars. I think that this is why the words in this collection fly around you and settle, as they have. What an incredible use of language and truth. Hope this reaches all the mandem. We need more.
These are words that come from the heart, the lived life and owned observations. Powerful and moving. Social realism at its best.
I hate Derek Owusu for the same reasons I love him: he is the sort of writer who makes me and other writers have doubts about whether we belong in this art. He is one of a kind. Truly a precious stone of a poet. His words evoke flawless empathy and leave me with either a strained face from smiling or a wet page from crying. I consider myself enlightened, lucky, intimidated and gripped when I read his words.
Derek Owusu's writing is honest, moving, delicate, but tough. Once you lock on to his words, it is hard to break eye contact. A beautiful meditation on childhood, coming of age, the now, and the media. This work is heartfelt.