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Look We Have Coming to Dover! Paperback – 1 Feb 2007
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'Daljit Nagra's debut collection offers insights into the lives of British-born Indians that are poignant and provocatively witty.' -- Daily Telegraph
'Daljit's particular gift is being able to capture Indian voices in Britain.' -- Eastern Eye
'Fresh, funny and riotously idiosyncratic ... A glorious testament to a rich British-Indian mix.'
-- Independent - one of the ten best new poetry collections
'Nagra's take on Britain's multicultural experience is full of playful cheek as well as plenty of grit.' -- Venue - one of the top ten Cheltenham Literature Festers --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Look We Have Coming to Dover! is the much awaited debut from the prize-winning Daljit Nagra.See all Product description
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(I'm surprised there aren't more reviews for such a brilliant collection!)
Anyway, it's cracking stuff. Nagra's the real deal. I confess that most modern poetry makes my teeth ache with boredom because it's so earnest and glum and 'look-how-cleverly-I-put-that!'. Nagra's stuff isn't. It has verve and charm and soul, it's noisy and rude and very funny. He speaks -- or rather, his characters speak -- in a whole variety of voices: teenage Jaswinder who wishes she was black and chilled, querulous Kabba laying into his son's English teacher ('my boy, vil he tink ebry new/Barrett-home Muslim hav goat blood-party/barbeque?') and Singh who runs 'di worst Indian shop/ on di whole Indian road', and spends all his time upstairs with his 'newly bride'. Nagra has invented an amazing demotic here, a loud comic blend of Punjabi and English. Although many of the poems dwell on darker themes -- racism, oppression, arranged marriages -- the prevailing tone is one of exuberance and charm, as exemplified by the first and last poems of the collection.
I always enjoy poetry with a touch of fiction or drama about it -- the sort that introduces characters and makes them come alive, and tells stories or at least parts of stories, and keeps us entertained. Most of Nagra's poems do exactly that. I reckon he'd make a pretty good playwright too -- or stand-up comedian. Though I hope he keeps writing poetry and that lots of people buy it.
By the way, I'm not one of Nagra's pupils. Never heard of him before today. But I bet his classes are interesting.
Suffice to say the man knows his stuff but as amusing as studying Shakespeare can be (for novelty value if nothing else), it pales in comparison to Mr Nagra's work: the patron saint of English Literature (a BLUE CHIP subject). The number and range of devices used to describe a multitude of subjects, ranging from contemporary social issues and attitudes to romantic poetry to put Keats to shame, really is a wonder to behold and, though I was first impressed by his work being published by Faber and Faber, I now feel it is holding this man and his incredible poetry back.
I must wrap this up, but first a thank you to Sire Nagra, for teaching me the wonders of PEE. To summarise, if you enjoy poetry, genius, or PURE UNRIVALED QUALITY of any kind, buy this 21st century bible of poetry and bask in the teachings of The Nagrameister
I look forward to diving head first into your future works, which are waiting in the wings, and to divulge (but never choke upon) your upcoming verse's that will hopefully sing the tunes that only red-breasted robin's can whistle on an indian-summer's day.