Fovea / Ages Ago

Sarah Lasoye


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Hajar Press
29 April 2021
ISBN: 9781914221002
84 pages

From the publisher

Who was that kid in the corner of your eye…?

The fovea centralis is a small depression in the retina that produces our sharpest vision. In this keenly perceptive chapbook, Sarah Lasoye ruminates on moments from the playground to the present day. Sitting across from her early memories, she begins to discern the watery contours of a primary self.

Through abstract and narrative poems, Lasoye’s temporal experiments open up a tender interior life and a need to anchor oneself in others. With no clean boundary between past and present, emergent preoccupations—with selfhood, goodness and want—persist and reappear. 

This compact collection keeps to itself—an inquisitive, personal contemplation on childhood and growth.

‘Rips the past out of its distinct casing and leaves its entrails on the page for inspection … Lasoye knows that poetry is not for the self. The only writing worth defending is shared and social … Fovea / Ages Ago illustrates how we make and unmake ourselves and each other.’ — Lola Olufemi, Poetry London

‘Lasoye’s isn’t a simple, sweet book. There are bones, knives, blades. Hollows in the body, carvings. Oddities, viscerality.’ — SPAM

‘Sharp, bright and inquisitive. A tender universe.’ — Rachel Long, author of My Darling from the Lions

‘An intimately rendered collection … Language is deftly deboned here, laid bare like a scraped knee, into poems of wondrous observation.’ — Momtaza Mehri, author of Doing the Most with the Least