Mixed-Race Superman is typical of what I have come to expect of Will Harris’s writing: inclusive, expansive, nuanced, rigorous, fiercely intelligent, yet wearing that intelligence lightly. The comparisons he makes between Obama and Keanu, Greek myth and American pop culture, alt-right theory and classic philosophy, Superman and Neo are startling, rich, illustrious and utterly, utterly brilliant. This is to be read and re-read, digested, dissected and celebrated. –Inua Ellams
Mixed-Race Superman is a reflection on the lives of two very different supermen: Barack Obama and Keanu Reeves.
In an era where a man endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan can sit in the White House, Will Harris argues that the mixed-race background of each gave them a shapelessness that was a form of resistance.
Drawing on his own personal experience and examining the way that these two men have been embedded in our collective consciousness, Harris asks what they can teach us about race and heroism.
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** Joint winner of the London Review Bookshop Pamphlet of the Year 2017 ** Shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award 2018 by the National Library of Scotland **
Brilliant poet – troubling and tender. For the price of a (London) pint you can buy yourself a more lasting moral hangover. –Ed Doegar
The real McCoy –Christina Patterson, The Guardian
The new generation’s standout name –Tristram Fane-Saunders, The Daily Telegraph
In All this is implied, Will Harris pursues, among other things, the complexities of a mixed inheritance, the ‘opposite currents in his blood’. This debut chapbook of poems scrutinises how we see and are seen, the recurrent desire to transcend the self and its history, and the impossibility of doing so.
The Complete Works project has changed the literary world measurably, letting in variety not just of race, sex and cultural identity but also of voice, form, attitude, outlook and experience… a wonderfully accessible showcase for thrilling new talent and, overall, a joy to read. –Bidisha, The Poetry Review
Ten: Poets of the New Generation presents the work of ten exciting British poets from diverse backgrounds. It is the third anthology from The Complete Works poetry mentoring scheme, a national programme supporting exceptional black and Asian poets founded by the writer Bernardine Evaristo in 2007. The poets included are: Raymond Antrobus, Omikemi Natacha Bryan, Leonardo Boix, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Will Harris, Ian Humphreys, Jennifer Lee Tsai, Momtaza Mehri, Yomi Sode and Degna Stone.