“Writing was a political act and poetry was a cultural weapon.”
— Linton Kwesi Johnson
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
We're on a mission of turning inspiring quotes into beautiful wallpapers. Start your week with a motivational kick. Don't miss out on our next weekly batch.
Join 48,000+ other people and subscribe to Quotefancy Weekly Digest.
© 2019 Quotefancy. All rights reserved.