Kayo Chingonyi

Kayo Chingonyi is the author of two poetry pamphlets, Some Bright Elegance (Salt, 2012) and The Colour of James Brown's Scream (Akashic, 2016). He was Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Arts from autumn 2015 until spring 2016 and has held residencies at Cove Park, Royal Holloway University of London, and Nuffield Council on Bioethics. His first full-length collection, entitled Kumukanda, will be published by Chatto & Windus in June 2017.

Photo: Naomi Woddis


Border Crossings »

Reading: Norman Bissell, Kayo Chingonyi

Fri 3 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.00/£3.00 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Supper Room


Fisherman’s Song
What sadness for a fisherman
to navigate the blue
and find among receding nets
strange, underwater blooms
that look, at first, like bladderwrack
but from a closer view
are clumps of matted human hair
atop an acrid soup.
And what song shall this fisherman
who loves a jaunty tune
sing to lullaby his children
when dark shapes in their room
make the night a snarling monster
only father’s voice can soothe
and who will soothe the fisherman
who navigates the blue?


Kayo Chingonyi