Time Come: Selected Prose (Hardback)Linton Kwesi Johnson (author)
Ranging across record reviews, obituaries, lectures and speeches, this deeply powerful collection of the influential poet's prose pieces captures a ferocious intelligence and unfailingly eloquent voice in full flow.
Recognized as one of the great poets of modern times, and as a deeply respected and influential political and cultural activist and social critic, Linton Kwesi Johnson is also a prolific writer of non-fiction. In Time Come, he selects some of his most powerful prose - book and record reviews published in newspapers and magazines, lectures, obituaries and speeches - for the first time. Written over many decades, it is a body of work that draws creatively and critically on Johnson's own Jamaican roots and on Caribbean history to explore the politics of race that continue to inform the Black British experience.
Ranging from reflections on the place of music in Caribbean and Black British culture as a creative, defiant response to oppression, to his penetrating appraisals of music and literature, and including warm tributes paid to the activists and artists who inspired him to find his own voice as a poet and compelled him to contribute to the struggle for racial equality and social justice, Time Come is a panorama of an exceptional life. A collection that ventures into memoir, it underscores Johnson's enduring importance in Britain's cultural history and reminds us of his brilliant, unparalleled legacy.
With an introduction by Paul Gilroy.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 470 g
Dimensions: 224 x 145 x 34 mm
'An outstanding collection which speaks to the extraordinary achievement of the voice of my generation. Like all great artists, Linton Kwesi Johnson wasn't called - he simply arrived. For his time, and for the ages.' Caryl Phillips
'A scandalously overdue volume.' - Paul Gilroy
'A brilliant and welcome collection of musings from the fertile mind of one of the world's great waymaking poets, philosophers and activists.' - Lorna Goodison
'It doesn't matter how familiar you might be with LKJ's poetry, here the essays and writings that frame the verse give it the context to place it squarely within the culture and observations that produced it. A genuinely deep dive into the mind of one of Britain's most important poets.' - Lloyd Bradley
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