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.