Kumukanda, Paperback / softback Book


*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 ShireTranslating 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 Chingonyi's 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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9781784741396

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