A Suitcase Filled With Hope


Antony Mair’s début collection, Bestiary, and Other Animals, was shortlisted for the 2017 Live Canon First Collection Prize, and published by Live Canon in June 2018. His second collection, Let The Wounded Speak, was published by Oversteps Books in October 2018 and was longlisted for the Poetry Book Awards 2020. In A Suitcase Filled with Hope he offers the reader poems touching on a wide variety of subjects, including personal memories, gay identity, climate change and elegies for departed friends, and an equally wide variety of locations, from Kefalonia to Hawaii. A lifelong love of literature is shown by references to poets old and new, from Christopher Smart to Adrienne Rich. His poems are sometimes in his own voice, but often adopt the voice of others, in other times, other countries, or other social situations. They attempt to convey some of the richness of human experience, in which suffering is alleviated by love – and hope.