Propa Propaganda

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Millions of people know Benjamin Zephaniah's voice. The popular Rasta poet has given readings around the world, from Palestine to Argentina, as well as throughout Britain - in schools and colleges, youth clubs and prisons, theatres and music venues. Benjamin Zephaniah was born in Birmingham, and grew up in Jamaica and in Handsworth, where he was sent to an approved school for being rebellious and 'a born failure', ending up in jail for burglary. After prison he turned from crime to music and poetry. In 1989 he ...
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Overview

Millions of people know Benjamin Zephaniah's voice. The popular Rasta poet has given readings around the world, from Palestine to Argentina, as well as throughout Britain - in schools and colleges, youth clubs and prisons, theatres and music venues. Benjamin Zephaniah was born in Birmingham, and grew up in Jamaica and in Handsworth, where he was sent to an approved school for being rebellious and 'a born failure', ending up in jail for burglary. After prison he turned from crime to music and poetry. In 1989 he was nominated for Oxford Professor of Poetry.
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These five books admirably demonstrate the diversity of international poetry; they have no common ground, except, perhaps, that they share an American publisher. Transtrmer and Enzensberger are translated from Swedish and German, respectively, in crisp, powerful English. Transtrmer is probably the most highly regarded of poets in Sweden, enjoying a fine reputation worldwide, and his poems are widely available in English. This collection offers new work in a dual-language text that invites careful reading, and the English versions ring for what they are, pleasingly. Enzensberger's work is presented only in translation, but it doesn't seem likely that you will go wrong trusting translator Hamburger. Enzensberger is a product of Nazi Nuremberg, a disciple of Marx, and a wry, satiric, rogue with intelligence, who finds poetry in social criticism and a wide range of techno-scientific knowledge. The work collected in The Colonade of Teeth, an anthology of Modern Hungarian poetry, has been translated by many hands. How awful it is that we are not more familiar with these poets: Sandor Csoori, Miklos Radnoti, Agnes Nemes Nagy35 in all. All were born after 1900; Gyozo Ferencz, the youngest, was born in 1954. Hungarians have a national treasure in these poets, and this volume should shed a well-deserved light on their work. Bejamin Zephaniah is a Rasta poet, Jamaican playwright, and musician who writes for the page with an acute awareness of speech and sound. He slips in and out of idiom and dialect without losing either poise or rhythm. Dunmore employs a more measured line, a soft-stepping gait but is no less passionate. Her menagerie includes tigers, toads, and tortoises, as well as muggers and murderers. Her keen sense of story and lyrical voice will reward many readers. A varied assembly, then; there's something for everybody here. Recommended for international poetry collections.Louis McKee, Painted Bride Arts Ctr., Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852243722
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books
  • Publication date: 5/22/1997
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Table of Contents

I Have a Scheme 9
The Death of Joy Gardner 11
Terrible World 13
White Comedy 14
Belly of de Beast 15
De Rong Song 17
Save Our Sons (SOS) 18
Reggae Head 19
Dry 21
Meditate and Communicate 22
More Animal Writes 24
Who Dun It? 26
The Angry Black Poet 29
Poor Millionaires 31
Silence in Our Screams 32
Back to What 34
To Be Seen, To Be Done 35
One Day in Babylon 36
City Lights 37
No Problem 38
Family Values 39
Dancing the Tradition 40
Neighbours 42
Another World 43
The War Process 45
Want To Be a Soldier 46
Sit Con 48
City River Blues 50
Tricky 51
Altered Ego 51
Homeward Bound 52
Parents Today 54
The Curse of Count Empire 55
Art 57
Words 57
Hope 57
Mad Human Disease 58
Master, Master 59
Cybersex 60
Ageism 63
Acts of Parliament: motion 1 64
Acts of Parliament: motion 2 65
Acts of Parliament: motion 3 66
The President Is Dead Again 67
Independence 71
De Queen an I 73
Walking Black Home 75
Self Defence 76
Tax Relief 77
Heckling Miss Lou 78
Childless 79
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