FAILING MATHS AND MY OTHER CRIMES
WINNER OF THE 2016 INGRID JONKER PRIZE FOR POETRY
“Gets under your skin.” (City Press)
“Serious, engaged poems by a young poet who has witnessed rather too much.” (Sabotage, U.K.)
“The control with which Jijana interweaves exhortation, doubt, documentary clarity and a deep sense of empathy with his subjects in the structure of these poems suggests an already mature voice that can continue pushing poetic form in many resonant directions in the future.” (Chimurenga Chronic).
In a whirlwind of local history, contemporary culture, domestic angst, and nostalgia, Thabo Jijana’s debut collection of award-winning poems exhibits an emotional wisdom beyond the writer’s years. Earthen and edgy, musical and minimal, Failing Maths and My Other Crimes is not solely a meditation on family and mortality, nor just a manifesto on the role of art in a young man’s life: beyond all, this collection is a short masterclass in South African storytelling-in-verse.
Thabo Jijana, born in 1988, was the 2011 recipient of the Anthony Sampson Foundation Award and the 2014 winner of the Sol Plaatje/European Union Poetry Award. In 2014, he published his first book, Nobody’s Business, a memoir. Born and raised in eNgqushwa, Thabo currently lives in Port Elizabeth, where he works as a writer.
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The first printing of this publication was made possible by a grant from the Arts and Culture Trust and Nedbank Arts Affinity.