Benjamin Zephaniah

(15 April 1958 / Birmingham)

Benjamin Zephaniah Poems

1. De Rong Song 1/3/2003
2. Dis Poetry 1/3/2003
3. Eat Your Words 1/3/2003
4. Everybody Is Doing It 1/3/2003
5. Fair Play 1/3/2003
6. Nature Trail 1/3/2003
7. Neighbours 1/3/2003
8. Ride 1/3/2003
9. Sos (Save Our Sons) 1/3/2003
10. Talking Turkeys! 1/3/2003
11. The British 1/3/2003
12. The Death Of Joy Gardner 1/3/2003
13. The Race Industry 1/3/2003
14. Vegan Steven 1/3/2003
15. Vegan Steven's Vegan Clothes 3/7/2012
16. We Refugees 1/3/2003
17. What Stephen Lawrence Has Taught Us 1/3/2003
18. White Comedy 1/3/2003
19. Who's Who 1/3/2003
20. Wot A Pair 1/3/2003

Comments about Benjamin Zephaniah

  • Agostina Etcheverry (11/2/2011 5:45:00 AM)

    I really like this poem because it gives a positive message for people who don't have hope camila gouffier

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  • Agostina Etcheverry (11/2/2011 5:41:00 AM)

    The truth the poem is very londo since it has a positive message that gives before any difficult situation :) and that seems to me unlikely that critoque already qie it is necessary to be in this sotuacion to be able to act like Mariano J. Panza

  • Agostina Etcheverry (11/2/2011 4:53:00 AM)

    i think that it's awesome that he said in the poem.. he's so positive and..he's right! if you know about his life you can understand that you don't have to worry for bad things or bad situations...only for the good things and be happy with that... and he is original and don't follow the rules.. A TRUE ARTIST!

  • Lynda Finn (11/1/2011 12:27:00 AM)

    I think BZ's poetry is superb and shows a remarkably refreshing use of the English language. People who criticise poetry and poets tend to be those who don't understand them or the reason they were written.
    In my Poetry Analysis classes, I teach people to see what the poem says and then what it means and why the writer used those specific words rather than others. Once that knowledge is acquired, without exception, they vote Benjamin's poetry very highly indeed.
    English, like any other language was made to be used and changed and appreciated.
    I suspect the critics are wandering lonely as a cloud!

  • Robert Gould (2/14/2010 4:36:00 PM)

    benjamin i respect your view point, but i have to say its not only black people who
    are scared to walk the street, s for fear of injustice, also steven lawrence, s
    murder is not the only murder inquiry that the old bill have bungled
    far from it ask timothy evan, s or the guildford four, , , ,
    if young black, s want to protest against wrong doings, , ,
    they should find a platform not take it out on the man or woman on the street
    which is so often the case......

    take care
    fellow, , ,
    truth teller

  • Dianna Muddiman (11/19/2009 4:04:00 AM)

    Benji, Benji ur di best. We like ur poems bezzer den di rest!

    We are amazed by your creative poems and we we love the messages that you are sending out.

    The messages in your poems are inspiring us to think again about eating animals. When we read Talking Turkeys we found that it wasn't just a good message, it also made us laugh and smile.

    We hope that you write more fantastic poems.

    Yours
    Miss Muddiman's and Mrs Walsh's Year 6 Literacy Booster Group 2009/2010 Barnfield School

  • Nikki Goldberg (11/19/2009 3:53:00 AM)

    Dear Benjamin I’m back with a new class this year,
    We’ve nothing bad to say, so please do not fear,
    We love your poetry, it’s really cool,
    We are learning about you in our school,
    Talking turkeys is the best,
    We like it better than the rest,
    Please keep writing so much more,
    Or else, we will fall upon the floor.

    From,
    Yet another English group at Barnfield School! ! ! ! !

  • Ahmad Shiddiqi Ahmad Shiddiqi (8/10/2009 12:16:00 AM)

    What an enchanting experience to read your precious poems here, Sir! ! !

  • Andrew James (9/29/2008 2:30:00 AM)

    drivel... evidence that english culture is falling into a cesspool of illiterate dunderheads... zephaniah's ouvre is empty headed drivel... he has little to say other than preachy diatribes imparted with trivial insights slapped together for mass consumption and appeal... most children write better poetry than this garbage..

  • Benjamin Far (10/30/2007 12:29:00 PM)

    Mr Benjamin,
    Your poems have, for a long time, moved us all.
    I still remember the first time i heard your take on what if being read out 4 years ago.......
    I hope all is well with you,
    Benjamin
    x

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, ...

Read the full of The British

Talking Turkeys!

Be nice to yu turkeys dis christmas
Cos' turkeys just wanna hav fun
Turkeys are cool, turkeys are wicked
An every turkey has a Mum.
Be nice to yu turkeys dis christmas,
Don't eat it, keep it alive,
It could be yu mate, an not on your plate
Say, Yo! Turkey I'm on your side.
I got lots of friends who are turkeys

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