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Linton Kwesi Johnson: Poet Of The Roots

Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 2 September 1978

"The one crowded space in Father Perry's house was his bookshelves. I gradually came to understand that the marks on the pages were trapped words. Anyone could learn to decipher the symbols and turn the trapped words loose again into speech. The ink of the print trapped the thoughts; they could do no more to get away than a doomboo could get out of a pit."
– Prince Modupe

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