Mi Revalueshanary Fren: Selected Poems

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Ausable Press, 2002 - Education - 114 pages
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“Few poets of the last thirty years have approached his diversity of formal innovations; few have communicated so intensively via performances and recordings, as often as not with integral musical settings; and few have proved so effective politically… a living modern classic for real.” —London Magazine

“You can just hear the reggae drumbeat as his verse vacillates among fire, anger, fear, profound loss, and victory.” —Savoy Magazine, January 2007

“The man writes some of the most moving poetry to be found in popular music.—David Bowie in Vanity Fair


“His observations are the rich fruits of both a lyrical childhood on a Jamaican farm, and his bottled anger on the streets of London. During his teenage years in Brixton, Johnson witnessed serial episodes of racial abuse and joined the Black Panthers movement in protest. There, he learned his history and culture, but found his own outlet.”—Caroline Frost, BBC Four


Linton Kwesi Johnson is the most influential black poet in Britain. The author of five previous collections of poetry and numerous record albums, he is known worldwide for his fusion of lyrical verse and reggae. Much of his work is written in the street Creole of the Caribbean communities in which he grew up in England. Mi Revalueshanary Fren includes all of his best-known poems, which concern racism and politics, personal experience, philosophy, and the art of music, among other things.


Contains a full-length CD of Johnson reading.

 

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Linton Kwesi Johnson, also known as LKJ, is the most celebrated of the dub poets, and Mi Revalueshanary Fren is an excellent introduction to LKJ and dub poetry. He was born in Jamaica, and moved to ... Read full review

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Contents

Street 66
9
It Dread inna Inglan
23
Inglan Is a Bitch
37
Story
43
New Craas Massakah
52
Great Insohreckshan
58
Revalueshanary Fren
65
Good Life
71
Seasons of the Heart
81
Reggae fi May Ayim
89
Liesense fi Kill
96
No to
107
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The author of five previous collections of poetry and numerous record albums that have sold millions of copies, he is known world-wide for his fusion of lyrical verse and reggae (dub). He is only the second living poet to be published in Penguin's distinguished Modern Classics series.

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