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Linton Kwesi Johnson Quote: “Writing was a political act and poetry was a cultural weapon.”

Writing was a political act and poetry was a cultural weapon.

— Linton Kwesi Johnson



Linton Kwesi Johnson Quote: “At the end of the day, life’s about realising one’s human potential. I don’t know if I’ve realised mine, but I’ve certainly gone a long way towards realising some goals and some dreams.”

At the end of the day, life’s about realising one’s human potential. I don’t know if I’ve realised mine, but I’ve certainly gone a long way towards realising some goals and some dreams.

— Linton Kwesi Johnson


Linton Kwesi Johnson Quote: “Once you have a disease like cancer, you look at life a bit differently. Some things that were important no longer seem as important as they were.”

Once you have a disease like cancer, you look at life a bit differently. Some things that were important no longer seem as important as they were.

— Linton Kwesi Johnson


Linton Kwesi Johnson Quote: “Back in those early days when I began my apprenticeship as a poet, I also tried to voice our anger, spirit of defiance and resistance in a Jamaican poetic idiom.”

Back in those early days when I began my apprenticeship as a poet, I also tried to voice our anger, spirit of defiance and resistance in a Jamaican poetic idiom.

— Linton Kwesi Johnson


Linton Kwesi Johnson Quote: “I don’t go to see bands any more because I’ve got tinnitus, so I have to avoid loud music. You get used to it, but when it’s quiet you hear a constant ringing.”

I don’t go to see bands any more because I’ve got tinnitus, so I have to avoid loud music. You get used to it, but when it’s quiet you hear a constant ringing.

— Linton Kwesi Johnson


Linton Kwesi Johnson Quote: “The more I read my poems, the more I find out about them. I still read them with the same passion I felt when I wrote them as a young man.”

The more I read my poems, the more I find out about them. I still read them with the same passion I felt when I wrote them as a young man.

— Linton Kwesi Johnson


Linton Kwesi Johnson Quote: “I am often asked why I started to write poetry. The answer is that my motivation sprang from a visceral need to creatively articulate the experiences of the black youth of my generation, coming of age in a racist society.”

I am often asked why I started to write poetry. The answer is that my motivation sprang from a visceral need to creatively articulate the experiences of the black youth of my generation, coming of age in a racist society.

— Linton Kwesi Johnson

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