Psalm for Chrysanthemums

Poems by Nkateko Masinga

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AuthorNkateko Masinga
PublisherAkashic Books
Year Of Publication2022

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About Psalm for Chrysanthemums

“The struggle at the heart of the collection is one of the reasons these poems are so piercing and why they remain vital and memorable long after reading them. Psalm for Chrysanthemums, whose title prepares us for a song in praise of death, offers a vision that is both beautifully achieved and deeply disquieting.”

— Shara McCallum, from the preface

Nkateko Masinga is an award-winning South African writer. She is a 2019 Fellow of the Ebedi International Writers Residency, a 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow and a Golden Key Scholar. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018 and her work has received support from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg and the Swiss Arts Council. In 2019, she co-won the Brittle Paper Anniversary Award. Nkateko is an interviewer and director of the Internship Program at Africa In Dialogue, as well as the founder and managing director of NSUKU Publishing Consultancy. She is the author of a digital chapbook titled 'the heart is a caged animal', published by Praxis Magazine. Her latest chapbook, 'psalm for chrysanthemums', was selected by the African Poetry Book Fund and Akashic Books to be published in the 2020 New Generation African Poets chapbook box set. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa's 2021 International Writing Program (IWP).