A Blood Condition (Paperback)Kayo Chingonyi (author)
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Exploring themes of inheritance, time and embodied history with lyrical intensity, A Blood Condition is the arresting second collection from the award-winning poet behind Kumukanda.
Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2021
The moving, expansive, and dazzling second collection from award-winning poet Kayo Chingonyi
A Blood Condition tells a story of inheritance - the people, places, cultures and memories that form us. Kayo Chingonyi explores how distance and time, nations and a century's history, can collapse within a body; our past continuous in our present.
From London, Leeds, and The North East to the banks of the Zambezi river, these poems consider change and permanence, grief and joy, the painful ongoing process of letting go, with remarkable music and clarity.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 80
Weight: 100 g
Dimensions: 215 x 135 x 7 mm
'Chingonyi's poetic voice finds its full-throated maturity... Deep introspection becomes the vulnerable and brave heart of the book, rendered into jewel-like poems in "Origin Myth"... An elegantly spare, cathartic and poignant but never indulgent collection that invites repeated reading' - Dzifa Benson, The Telegraph
'A deep thread of loss runs through these poems, and an attempt to reintegrate a past that spans Zambia, Newcastle and London... These fine poems weigh their sorrows carefully, reminding us how best we might "carry a well of myth / in the pit of our pith"' - Aingeal Clare, The Guardian
'A Blood Condition has a dignity that honours the past without indulging in any overflow of personal feeling. Dignity is an interesting quality in a writer - it cannot be faked without presenting as pomposity. Chingonyi's authentic, reined-in passions are stirring... Chingonyi's poems grow out of gaps, out of the moments when nothing more can be done. The dead cannot be recovered, time cannot be reclaimed, the damage to the river is likely to be permanent, but a poem can be written and take its quietly powerful stand' - Kate Kellaway, The Observer
'There is thrilling formal accomplishment on display in these poems... poignant and moving... there are brilliant evocations of the north of England' - Andrew McMillan, The Poetry Book Society
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