The Oxonian Review is a humanities journal run by graduate students at the University of Oxford. In their most recent issue (35.8), they featured my review of Kayo Chingonyi’s debut collection of poetry, Kumukanda (2017). The review makes the case that 2017 has been a rare high-point in the diversity of poetic form, subject, and voice and draws particular attention to the way Chingonyi’s collection is about “love” in its many forms.
Kayo Chingonyi’s debut collection lies near the heart of 2017’s course towards a more conscious poetics. Although the collection is his debut, Kumukanda reads more like a culmination than it does a commencement: the end of a first chapter or the final task of an initiation ritual (“Kumukanda”, as the poet explains, is a word meaning “initiation” and refers to a ritual that marks “the passage into adulthood of Luvale, Chokwe, Luchazi, and Mbunda boys, from North Western Zambia and its surrounding regions”). Kumukanda, in other words, is ‘learned’ rather than ‘still learning’…
You can find the article here.
Header Image: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s A Culmination (2016) via The Seen Journal. Yiadom-Boakye also does the cover art (A Radical Under a Beechwood) for Kumukanda.