A Blood Condition
‘A Blood Condition’ tells a story of inheritance – the people, places, cultures, and memories that form us. Kayo Chingonyi explores how distance and time, nations and a century’s history, can collapse within a body; our past continuous in our present. From London, Leeds, and The North East to the banks of the Zambezi river, these poems consider change and permanence, grief and joy, the painful ongoing process of letting go, with remarkable music and clarity.
*SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA POETRY AWARD*
*SHORTLISTED FOR THE T. S. ELIOT PRIZE*
*SHORTLISTED FOR THE FORWARD PRIZE FOR BEST COLLECTION*
The moving, expansive, and dazzling second collection from award-winning poet Kayo Chingonyi
Kayo Chingonyi’s remarkable second collection follows the course of a ‘blood condition’ as it finds its way to deeply personal grounds. From the banks of the Zambezi river to London and Leeds, these poems speak to how distance and time, nations and history, can collapse within a body.
With astonishing lyricism and musicality, this is a story of multiple inheritances — of grief and survival, renewal and the painful process of letting go — and a hymn to the people and places that run in our blood.
‘A thing of beauty. It’s a pleasure to read such a sure and strident second outing from one of our most celebrated young poets’ Diana Evans
‘An elegantly spare, cathartic and poignant but never indulgent collection that invites repeated reading’ Telegraph
‘The musicality and the hard reason is just so fresh, you feel altered by it’ Andrew O’Hagan