Anthony Vahni Capildeo is the subject of the new Nothing But The Poem podcast. The SPL’s regular podcast host, Sam Tongue, takes a deep dive into two of their poems which were discussed at the online monthly meet-up of the Nothing But The Poem group.
A Trinidadian-Scottish writer of poetry and non-fiction, Anthony Vahni Capildeo has published eight books and eight pamphlets including Measures of Expatriation which won the 2016 Forward Prize. Their most recent poetry collection is Like a Tree, Walking (Carcanet, 2021).
Beth Cochrane in The Skinny said of the collection: ‘ ‘Vahni Capildeo has always been a remarkable and singular poet, and Like a Tree, Walking is yet another triumph of their warm wit, direct vision, and almost spiritual connection to the page….The collection is welcoming, disarming, and – as its blurb commands – ‘defined by how it writes about love.’ The poetry within is to be celebrated, read, and reread by poets and not-poets alike.’’
Jen Campbell wrote: ‘I would follow Vahni Capildeo’s poetry to the ends of the Earth, I just think that they’re amazing…I love this book very much.’
High praise indeed!
The two poems discussed in this podcast are To London and Migraine Improv.