Too Black, Too Strong

Too Black, Too Strong

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This collection is Benjamin Zephaniah's first new book of poems in five years. It addresses the struggles of black Britain more forcefully than all his previous books. With poems like Chant of a Homesick Nigga and Kill Them Before Ramadan, he shows that he's a poet who won't stay silent, who doesn't pull any punches, writing out of a sense of urgency and a commitment to social justice. He opens this hard-hitting and blackly funny book of poems with an outspoken comment on where he's coming from, setting his poetry against the political landscape of Britain. Zephaniah was born in Birmingham and grew up in Jamaica and Handsworth, where he was jailed for burglary. After prison he turned to music and poetry. In 1989 he was nominated for Oxford Professor of Poetry. His other books of poetry include City Psalms and Propa Propaganda.

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