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Kayo Chingonyi

Kayo Chingonyi was born in Zambia in 1987, and moved to the UK at the age of six. He is the author of two pamphlets, and a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry. His first collection is Kumukanda (Chatto & Windus, 2017).

‘Kumukanda’ – Deep note by Kayo Chingonyi

I’ve always been a nervous flier. I'm writing this having landed less than an hour ago on the island of Roatan aboard a Jetstream 31, a plane so small that when a member of the airport's ground team pointed it out to us saying we should board 'El avión blanco' I hoped he was mistaken. For the benefi...

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Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi

Since I haven’t danced among my fellow initiates, / following a looped procession from woods at the edge / of a village, Tata’s people would think me unfinished — / a child who never sloughed off the childish estate / to cross the river boys of our tribe must cross / in order to die and come ba...

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