Simone Atangana Bekono’s poems are vivid and arresting, with the feeling of letters or diary entries. In nine breath-taking streams of consciousness, the poet explore race, gender and sexuality, addressing the social stigmatization of race and gender and invoking empathy and human connection in a voice that is both confident and innovative.
Translated from Dutch by David Colmer, and published with the support of the Dutch Foundation for Literature.
‘The collection is a raw, confessional and at times unsettling exploration of identity. how the first sparks became visible is an exceptional debut collection’ – The Indiependent