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Selected Poems [Paperback]

Linton Kwesi Johnson
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1 Jun 2006
A selection of Linton Kwesi Johnson's best poems over three decades. Ranging from protests against police brutality to eulogies for departed friends and playful celebrations of urban life, Johnson's use of Jamaican dialect to tackle distinctly British subjects contributed to a revolution in the notion of literary English. This Selected Poems charts the unique literary talent of one of Britain's most influential poets and social critics.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (1 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141025018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141025018
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* 'A warrior wordsmith whose couplets take no prisoners' The Times * 'Brilliant... the alternative poet-laureate' Time Out * 'Linton's rhymes speak for our times' The Voice"

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Linton Kwesi Johnson is known and revered as the world's first dub poet. Born in Chapelton, a small town in the parish of Clarendon, Jamaica, he came to England in 1963. He gained a sociology degree in the mid-1970s from Goldsmiths' College, London, and had poems, inspired by politics and the Black movement, published in the journal Race Today. He is an Associate Fellow of Warwick University, an Honorary Fellow of Wolverhampton Polytechnic and received an award at the 13th Premo Internazionale Ultimo Novecento for his contribution to poetry and popular music. He has toured the world from Japan to South Africa, Europe to Brazil, and is only the second living poet to have been published by Penguin Classics.

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last satdey I nevah deh pan no faam, so I decide fi tek a walk doun a Brixton an see wha gwaan. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD 6 Mar 2013
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HAD TO GET THIS BOOK FOR MY A LEVEL CORSE AND I MUST SAY ITS A BAD BLUDCLART BOOK!!!!
MADE MY TIME ON THE A-LEVEL ENGLISH LITERAURE COURSE AT COLLEGE SLIGHTLY BAREABLE, I APPRECIATE THAT LINTON
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great poems from a great poet. 6 Dec 2010
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This is a great selection of poems from the greatest of the dub poets. While all these poems have already appeared in print the original books are difficult to find. If you aren't already a fan, or if you've only heard the records, then this books acts as an excellent introduction to the poems. There is a fine selection of the best poems of LKJ from the seventies, the eighties and the nineties - Dread Beat an Blood, Five Nights of Bleeding, Sonny's Lettah, It dread inna Inglan, Inglan is a Bitch, Mi Revalueshanary Fren, Tings an Times and many more. Of course, as with all such compilations of selected verse, there are some of my favourite poems that are not included.

For those who are unfamiliar with LKJ's work it should be pointed out that he writes in Jamaican patois. If you have difficulty understanding the poems, try reading them aloud or, better yet, search out the recordings of LKJ reciting the poems with reggae backing (something I would recommend even if you can understand the written poems).

Unless you already have all of LKJ's books then I would recommend this book.
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