Heritage Aesthetics | Granta

  • Published: 03/11/2022
  • ISBN: 9781915051004
  • Granta Books
  • 104 pages

Heritage Aesthetics

Anthony Anaxagorou

Witty and wide-ranging, Heritage Aesthetics draws from Anthony’s family’s migratory histories – between Cyprus and the UK – to interrogate patriarchy, xenophobia and national divides. Spanning from the British Empire to the contemporary moment, Anaxagorou unpacks the travelogues of colonial writers and military men alongside experiences of racism in the present.

Yet this collection never settles into being ‘about’ identity or contemporary culture. Anthony’s adept, eviscerating eye continues to complicate – looking at how perception is shaped, how we perform our politics, and how we love what is hard to love. Offering no easy answers, Anaxagorou instead calls for a deeper interrogation of the ways in which we’re living and performing.

Fearless, intensely honest and hopeful, Heritage Aesthetics merges Anthony’s gift for performance and his brilliant experimentation with form to create a vivid insistence to communicate a self in the world.

One of the most politically engaged poets of our time... Uncompromisingly inventive, Heritage Aesthetics taps into the discordant music of our time and stops us in our tracks

Kit Fan, author of Diamond Hill

An education in empathy and its limitations, the liminality and porousness of nations, histories, races and memory... This is poetry bordering on pure imagination, one that makes its own conditions for living in the now

Sandeep Parmar

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‘we are born / to a siren and the wail of each other’