Failing Maths and My Other Crimes

Failing Maths and My Other Crimes

Failing Maths and My Other Crimes
Extracts
  • Failing Maths and My Other Crimes was the winner of the 2016 Ingrid Jonker Prize. Jijana was championed by one judge in particular, who described his debut, with its ‘subtle, wry and memorable title’, as ‘a rich and satisfying collection where, unusually, every poem strikes something hard and vital.’ The judge went on to remark that ‘Jijana has a painterly way with the image, capturing in impossibly few words a picture that does most of the poem’s outer work, so that the poet himself can get on with what it is he is trying to say’.  Read "You have no power here" from the collection.

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Reviews
  • "These young poets should have bright futures as writers in whichever form they turn their hands to. On a day when a 70-year-old version of one of them wins a Nobel prize, people will start to look frantically for first editions of little books like these from decades before." - Charles Cilliers, City Press

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