Benjamin Zephaniah

(15 April 1958 / Birmingham)

Benjamin Zephaniah
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Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah is a British Jamaican Rastafarian writer and dub poet. He is a well-known figure in contemporary English literature, and was included in The Times list of Britain's top 50 post-war writers in 2008.

Life and Work

Zephaniah was born and raised in the Handsworth district of Birmingham, which he called the "Jamaican capital of Europe". He is the son of a Barbadian postman and a Jamaican nurse. A dyslexic, he attended an approved school but left aged 13 unable to read or write.

He writes that his poetry is strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica and what he calls "street politics". His first ... more »

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  • benjamin zephaniah (12/4/2018 6:08:00 AM)

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  • Me and you (10/31/2018 3:41:00 PM)

    He is an amazing poet and we are learning about him in school. I like his poems

  • Life is horrid (10/31/2018 3:27:00 PM)

    He sucks and he is stupid and disrespectful to women and girls

  • Reginald Bartolo (10/15/2018 4:47:00 AM)

    Dear Madam / Sir,

    We at the Malta University Publishing representing the University of Malta wish to ask you for the copyright permission to publish your Poem (We Refugees) in order to include it the Secondary Education Literature Syllabus for next scholastic year.

    Can you please give us the go ahead?

    Thank you and Kind Regards,

    Reginald Bartolo
    Malta University Publishing

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Best Poem of Benjamin Zephaniah

The British

Take some Picts, Celts and Silures
And let them settle,
Then overrun them with Roman conquerors.

Remove the Romans after approximately 400 years
Add lots of Norman French to some
Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Vikings, then stir vigorously.

Mix some hot Chileans, cool Jamaicans, Dominicans,
Trinidadians and Bajans with some Ethiopians, Chinese,
Vietnamese and Sudanese.

Then take a blend of Somalians, Sri Lankans, Nigerians
And Pakistanis,
Combine with some Guyanese
And turn up the heat.

Sprinkle some fresh Indians, Malaysians, ...

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