Flag of Rags: Poems

Julius Chingono


The book is out of print.


[Chingono's] often deceptively simple poetry was written with compassion and clarity, feeling deeply as he did for the hardships of the poor and marginalised, while his honesty, humour and ironic eye made him a sharp and witty observer of those who abused their station through corruption and hypocrisy.


... the simplicity of his language disguises the complexity, the irony, the double entendre that lies beneath the surface. You rarely read one of his poems the same way twice. - Charles Mungoshi, Poetry International


Julius Chingono was born in 1946, the son of a farmworker, and worked for most of his life as a blaster on the mines. He died in 2011.