Kumukanda

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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 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.

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