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.
Kayo appeared at our very first Verve in 2017, performing wonderfully at our Saturday headline event, while Joelle Taylor clapped every poem and the rest of the audience waited politely for him to finish his whole reading before bursting into applause!
Date: 22nd April 2021
Extent: 80 pp