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Literary Criticism African American

Dread Poetry and Freedom

Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Unfinished Revolution

by (author) David Austin

Publisher
Between the Lines
Initial publish date
Oct 2018
Category
African American, Discrimination & Race Relations, African American
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781771134019
    Publish Date
    Oct 2018
    List Price
    $29.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781771134026
    Publish Date
    Jun 2020
    List Price
    $9.99

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Since the 1970s, poet Linton Kwesi Johnson has been putting pen to paper to refute W.H. Auden’s claim that “poetry makes nothing happen.” For Johnson, only the second living poet to have been published in the Penguin Modern Classics series, writing has always been “a political act” and poetry “a cultural weapon.”

In Dread Poetry and Freedom David Austin explores the themes of poetry, political consciousness, and social transformation through the prism of Johnson’s work. Drawing from the Bible, reggae and Rastafari, and surrealism, socialism, and feminism, and in dialogue with Aimé Césaire and Frantz Fanon, C.L.R. James and Walter Rodney, W.E.B. Du Bois and the poetry of d’bi young anitafrika, Johnson’s work becomes a crucial point of reflection on the meaning of freedom in this masterful and rich study.

About the author

David Austin is the author of the Casa de las Americas Prize-winning Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal, Moving Against the System:The 1968 Congress of Black Writers and the Making of Global Consciousness, and Dread Poetry and Freedom: Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Unfinished Revolution. He is also the editor of You Don’t Play with Revolution: The Montreal Lectures of C.L.R. James.

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