Kumukanda – Kayombo Chingonyi



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*Winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize 2018* *Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award 2018* *Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Prize 2017* *Shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre First Poetry Collection Prize 2018* *Shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2018* *Shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize 2018* *Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2018* *Selected as a 2017 Book of the Year in the Guardian and Daily Telegraph* A brilliant debut – a tender, nostalgic and, at times, darkly hilarious exploration of black boyhood, masculinity and grief. A gorgeous and necessary collection from one of my favourite writers Warsan Shire Translating as initiation, kumukanda is the name given to the rites a young boy from the Luvale tribe must pass through before he is considered a man. The poems of Kayo Chingonyis remarkable debut explore this passage: between two worlds, ancestral and contemporary; between the living and the dead; between the gulf of who he is and how he is perceived. Underpinned by a love of music, language and literature, here is a powerful exploration of race, identity and masculinity, celebrating what it means to be British and not British, all at once.

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