‘It isn’t often that one encounters a sensibility so interested in our world – and so compelling in its powers of attentiveness. Leo Boix’s poetry has a wide tilt and scope. It sings the doors open’ Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic
‘They are sailors from another century, stalwart / captured on daguerrotype, casually masculine, tender of heart.’
In the middle of the last century, the SS General PueyrredÃ³n from Buenos Aires deposits Leo Boix’s paternal grandfather on English soil for the first time. In the two years he spends there, he acquires a taste for his new homeland: from taking his tea white – muy blanco – to plunging into unfamiliar sensual worlds.
So begins the poet’s own journey, arriving in the United Kingdom as a young queer man. Ballad of a Happy Immigrant tells of the life he makes there: a dazzling collection of what it means to live, love and write between two cultures and traditions. Effortlessly moving between the English imagination and Spanish language, it is a boundless exploration of otherness and home, and the personal transformation that follows between ‘loss / and a life / that starts anew.’
*A Poetry Book Society Wild Card Choice*