• "<b>A remarkable year for first collections. The best</b>, for this reader, was Kayo Chingonyi’s <i>Kumukanda</i>… Whether recalling his parents’ deaths or celebrating the art of the mixtape, <b>Chingonyi’s poise is astonishing</b>"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "His poems are <b>intelligent and moving</b> and find the perfect balance between <b>intricacy and directness</b>"

    The Observer
  • "Chingonyi thrillingly integrates…rhythms and rhymes with more conventional poetic metrics…with a <b>rare energy, intelligence and sophistication</b>"

  • "[A] <b>wonderful debut… A subtle and affecting, lyrical and powerful</b> collection that explores boyhood, rites of passage, the ancient and the modern world"