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Too Black, Too Strong

Benjamin Zephaniah
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd
Published: September 27, 2001
ISBN: 9781852245542
88 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom


Too Black, Too Strong is Benjamin Zephaniah’s third collection from Bloodaxe. It addresses the struggles of black Britain more forcefully than all his previous books. With poems like ‘Chant of a Homesick Nigga’ and ‘Kill Them Before Ramadan’, he showed he was a poet who wouldn’t stay silent, who didn’t pull any punches, writing out of a sense of urgency and a commitment to social justice. He opened this hard-hitting and blackly funny book of poems with an outspoken comment on where he came from, setting his poetry against the political landscape of Britain. The book includes poems written while he was working with Michael Mansfield QC and other Tooks barristers on the Stephen Lawrence case.

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