Photograph of the day – Linton Kwesi Johnson

Linton Kwesi Johnson pictured in Jan 2009 when he appeared as part of the Cathedral Quarter 'Out to Lunch' festival

Johnson is the second living poet to be published in Penguin Classic series and the only Black poet to be included in the list.

Having seen him perform live twice  i can’t recommend him enough. The inflection and rhythm of his words are difficult to categorise but his inclusion in the Penguin Classic series is praise enough. Listening to his mellifluous bass tones be it set to music or on his own, is an experience that i wish alot more people would share.

I particularly like his poem/song ‘Inglan is a bitch’ perhaps is most well known song.


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