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

    Tristram Fane Saunders, Daily Telegraph
  • "His poems are intelligent and moving and find the perfect balance between intricacy and directness"

    Joe Dunthorne, The Observer
  • "Chingonyi thrillingly integrates…rhythms and rhymes with more conventional poetic metrics…with a rare energy, intelligence and sophistication"

    Nicholas Wroe, Guardian
  • "[A] wonderful debut… A subtle and affecting, lyrical and powerful collection that explores boyhood, rites of passage, the ancient and the modern world"

    Jackie Kay, Observer