For this round, I submit Michael Smith, Picture or Picture.
Mikey Smith was a working-class Jamaican poet and social worker whose verse focused on themes of poverty, suffering, corruption and colonial exploitation. His poetry was complex, often about the vexing ambiguities of politics and social reality - and it was often quite funny. Nevertheless, he was fiercely engaged in political criticism.
Smith travelled to England in 1982 to give readings of his work, and while there made the record "Mi Cyaan Believe It" with Dennis Bovell. There are many fine cuts on this his one record to choose from. Of the dub poets, Mikey Smith is particularly suited to musical accompaniment. He considered what he did to be "sound poetry" and was in fact so committed to that concept that for years he would not put words to paper - for him they had to be oral transmissions, caught live or on tape. Picture No Picture presents him at his lyrical and performative height.
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