Selected Poems Paperback by Linton Kwesi Johnson

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Selected Poems Paperback by Linton Kwesi Johnson

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  • Publisher: Penguin UK (2022-09-27)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • ISBN-13: 9780241994115
  • Item Weight: 124.74 grams
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.4 cm

Now including an afterword and new poems by the author and an introduction by Gary Younge

Pioneering poet Linton Kwesi Johnson has revolutionized English literature with his electrifying fusion of oral verse, Jamaican speech, radical politics and reggae rhythms. This new edition of a vital selection of poems covers over four decades and includes classic early poems such as 'Inglan is a Bitch', 'New Craas Massakah' and 'Sonny's Lettah', as well as compelling recent work.

'Linton Kwesi Johnson's impact on the cultural landscape over the last half-century has been colossal and multi-generational . . . His political ferocity and his tireless scrutiny of history are truly Pinteresque, as is the humour with which he pursues them' Guardian

'A warrior wordsmith whose couplets take no prisoners' The Times

'Linton Kwesi Johnson's body of work - the sheer length, breadth, depth, politics, performance, rhyme and reason of it - bears witness to a lifetime of lending lyrical form to a condition that Britain has proved unable or unwilling (or both) to name' Gary Younge

About the Author

Linton Kwesi Johnson was born in 1952 in Chapelton, Jamaica. He came to London in 1963 and later read sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Whilst still at school he joined the Black Panthers, helped to organize a poetry workshop within the movement and developed his work with Rasta Love, a group of poets and drummers. His first book of poems, Voices of the Living and the Dead, was published by Race Today in 1974. His second book, Dread, Beat An' Blood (Bogle L'Ouverture, 1975), which signalled the emergence of a new voice in Caribbean poetry, was followed by Inglan is a Bitch and Tings An' Times. LKJ, as he is known in the world of popular music, has enjoyed a successful career as a reggae artist on the global stage for over four decades. His albums include Forces of Victory, Bass Culture and More Time. He founded LKJ Records in 1981. His awards are, among others, a silver Musgrave medal from the Institute of Jamaica, an honorary fellowship from Goldsmiths, honorary doctorates from Rhodes University (South Africa) and the University of the West Indies, and an award at the 13th Premo Internazionale Ultimo Novecento, Italy for his contribution to poetry and popular music. In 2020, Linton Kwesi Johnson won the PEN Pinter Prize. He lives in Brixton, south London.


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