Benjamin Zephaniah


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in Birmingham, The United Kingdom
April 15, 1958

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A British-Jamaican writer, dub poet and Rastafari. He was included in The Times list of Britain's top 50 post-war writers in 2008. ...more

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Refugee Boy

3.76 avg rating — 2,294 ratings — published 2001 — 12 editions
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Face

3.57 avg rating — 2,300 ratings — published 1999
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Teacher's Dead

3.60 avg rating — 720 ratings — published 2007 — 5 editions
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Gangsta Rap

3.65 avg rating — 563 ratings — published 2004 — 11 editions
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The Life and Rhymes of Benj...

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Terror Kid

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Too Black Too Strong

4.02 avg rating — 218 ratings — published 2001 — 4 editions
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Talking Turkeys

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Propa Propaganda

3.98 avg rating — 126 ratings — published 1996 — 4 editions
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City Psalms

4.18 avg rating — 102 ratings — published 1992 — 4 editions
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“This planet is for everyone, borders are for no one. It's all about freedom.”
Benjamin Zephaniah, Refugee Boy

“ Now The Head Lines


How do you like your truth?
Gently spoken on breakfast TV
By a man and a woman who sit comfortably
Saying riots, and murder, when will it end?
As they struggle to act as if they are good friends.

How do you like your truth?
Bite-sized in sound bites cut easy to chew, With a talking head saying the victim's like you
And when you've digested the horrors you've seen
You find good, you find evil, and no in-between.

How do you like your truth?
Fantastic, sensational, printed in bold,
Today it's exclusive, tomorrow it's old,
All on the surface with nothin too deep
With a story about animals to help you to sleep

How do you like your youth?
From perfect families with parents thet care,
Or in perfect families but still in despair,
Ten out of ten parents say they'd not choose
To have bad kids like those in the news.”
Benjamin Zephaniah, Teacher's Dead: Nelson Thornes Page Turners

“Don't give me truth, just give me gossip
And skeletons from people's closets,
I wanna be normal
And millions buy it,
I am blinded by The SUN.”
Benjamin Zephaniah, City Psalms

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