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Movin Fawod to Freedom

 

 

By Linton Kwesi Johnson

 

 

 

Yout Rebels
a bran new breed of blacks
have now emerged,
leadin on the rough scene,
breakin away,
takin the day,
saying to capital nevah
movin fahwod evah.
they can only be
new in age
but not in rage,
not needin
the soft and
shallow councilin
of the soot-brained
sage in chain;
wreckin thin-shelled words
movin always fahwood.
young blood
yout rebels:
new shapes
shapin
new patterns
creatin new links
linkin
blood risin surely
carvin a new path,
movin fahwod to freedom

 

First printed in Socialist Worker

 

Linton Kwesi Johnson is arguably the most influential Black British poet. He is a London-based acclaimed writer, political activist and musician. Born in Chapeltown, Jamaica. He moved to Britain in 1963 with his mother and read sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

 

Widely acknowledged as the Father of "Dub" Poetry, a term he coined to describe the way a number of reggae DJs blended music and verse, Johnson was a member of the Black Panther movement and holds fellowships at two British universities.

 

A selection of his poetry, entitled Mi Revalueshanary Fren, was published in 2002 as a Penguin Classic edition with an introduction by Fred D'Aguiar. In 2005, he was awarded a Musgrave medal by the Insitiute of Jamaica, for eminence in the field of poetry.

 

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