Propa Propaganda was Benjamin Zephaniah's second collection from Bloodaxe. First published in 1996, it includes some of his classic poems, such as `I Have a Scheme', `The Death of Joy Gardner', `White Comedy' and `The Angry Black Poet'. Best known for his performance poetry with a political edge for adults - and his poetry with attitude for children - he was the first person to record with the Wailers after the death of Bob Marley, in a musical tribute to Nelson Mandela, which Mandela heard while in prison on Robben Island. He has published three other poetry books with Bloodaxe, City Psalms, Too Black Too Strong and To Do Wid Me (a DVD-book including a film portrait by Pamela Robertson-Pearce). His autobiography, The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah, was published by Scribner in 2018.
|Publication date:||30th September 1996|
|Publisher:||Bloodaxe Books Ltd|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
|Categories:||Poetry by individual poets,|
Benjamin Zephaniah is an oral poet, novelist, playwright, children's writer and reggae artist. Born in 1958 in Birmingham, he grew up in Handsworth, where he was sent to an approved school for being uncontrollable, rebellious and `a born failure', ending up in jail for burglary and affray. After prison he turned from crime to music and poetry. In 1989 he was nominated for Oxford Professor of Poetry, and has since received honorary doctorates from several English universities, but famously refused to accept a nomination for an OBE in 2003. He was voted Britain's third favourite poet of all time (after T.S. Eliot ...More About Benjamin Zephaniah