Will Harris (b. 1989, London) is the author of Mixed-Race Superman (2018) – an essay examining resilience and self-creation, which takes as subjects Keanu Reeves, Barack Obama and Harris’s own Anglo-Indonesian heritage – as well as a chapbook, All This is Implied, winner of the LRB Bookshop Poetry Pick for best pamphlet. A selection of his work was included in Ten: Poems of the New Generation; a full collection, provisionally entitled Rendang, is currently in the works.
Harris began his shortlisted poem, ‘SAY’, after his father fell very ill. He describes it as being ‘about my dad’s breached body; about fear and borders; about our desire for wholeness and purity; and about the illusion of flow that can only be maintained by violence’. It was drafted in mid-air, on the back of a Ryanair boarding pass.