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I wrote two poems about the 81 uprisings: ‘Di Great Insohreckshan’ and ‘Mekin Histri.’ I wrote those two poems from the perspective of those who had taken part in the Brixton riots. The tone of the poem is celebratory because I wanted to capture the mood of exhilaration felt by black people at the time  (Linton Kwesi Johnson Quotes) Writing was a political act and poetry was a cultural weapon  (Linton Kwesi Johnson Quotes) At the end of the day, life’s about realising one’s human potential. I don’t know if I’ve realised mine, but I’ve certainly gone a long way towards realising some goals and some dreams  (Linton Kwesi Johnson Quotes) Once you have a disease like cancer, you look at life a bit differently. Some things that were important no longer seem as important as they were  (Linton Kwesi Johnson Quotes) The more I read my poems, the more I find out about them. I still read them with the same passion I felt when I wrote them as a young man  (Linton Kwesi Johnson Quotes) I am often asked why I started to write poetry. The answer is that my motivation sprang from a visceral need to creatively articulate the experiences of the black youth of my generation, coming of age in a racist society  (Linton Kwesi Johnson Quotes) I don’t go to see bands any more because I’ve got tinnitus, so I have to avoid loud music. You get used to it, but when it’s quiet you hear a constant ringing  (Linton Kwesi Johnson Quotes)