‘Who’s Who’ – Benjamin Zephaniah


[  # 84 of My Favourite Short Poems  ]

Zephaniah-001

Benjamin Zephaniah

 

 

‘Who’s Who’

I used to think nurses

Were women

I used to think police were men

I used to think poets

Were boring

Until I became one of them.

 

Benjamin Zephaniah

 

bar-yellow

 

Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah (born 15 April 1958) is a British writer, poet and Rastafarian.  He was included in The Times list of Britain’s top 50 post-war writers in 2008.  Zephaniah was born and raised in the Handsworth district of Birmingham which he has called the “Jamaican capital of Europe”. He is the son of a Barbadian postman and a Jamaican nurse.  A dyslexic, he attended an approved school but left aged 13 unable to read or write.

He now writes that his poetry is strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica and what he calls “street politics”. His first performance was in church when he was eleven, and by the age of fifteen, his poetry was already known among Handsworth’s Afro-Caribbean and Asian communities.

bar-green

4 thoughts on “‘Who’s Who’ – Benjamin Zephaniah

  1. Thanks for sharing this Roland. A wonderful poet who has stayed loyal to his roots. He has an autobiography out which I am looking forward to reading.

    Liked by 1 person

Comments are closed.