*Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Prize 2017**Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2018**Selected as a 2017 Book of the Year in the Guardian and Daily Telegraph*`Urban and urbane, it's a magnificent debut' Daily Telegraph`A brilliant debut - a tender, nostalgic and at times darkly hilarious exploration of black boyhood, masculinity and grief - 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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