Failing Maths and my other crimes


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Failing Maths and My Other Crimes by Thabo Jijana won the 2016 Ingrid Joker Award for Poetry. In haunting, sparse and beautiful verse, Thabo Jijana’s interrogation of masculinity, blackness and what it means to come of age is already becoming a South African classic. In a whirlwind of local history, contemporary culture, domestic angst, and nostalgia, this stunning debut exhibits an emotional wisdom beyond its writer’s years. Earthen and edgy, musical and minimal, Failing Maths andMy 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: this is a masterclass in South African storytelling-in-verse.