Published: 2 September 2019
Publisher: Penned in the Margins

After the Formalities

by Anthony Anaxagorou


A knife is pulled. An Uber driver is racially abused on the day of the Brexit referendum. A father bathes his son in ice water. A schoolboy drives a drawing pin into a map of the world. The threat of violence is never far away in Anthony Anaxagorou’s breakthrough collection After the Formalities.

After the Formalities explores ideas of division and dominance, incorporating history, science and philosophy alongside autobiographical narratives to examine how race, class and masculinity is shaped in contemporary Britain.

Technically achieved, emotionally transformative and razor-sharp. After the Formalities is the breakthrough collection of poems by Anthony Anaxagorou, the dynamic writer, educator and literary activist described by The Independent as ‘a vastly accomplished, unconventional, selfless poet’.

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