by John Agard - £12.00 Bloodaxe Books Ltd (2009)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781852248239 | ISBN 10: 1852248238
John Agard has been broadening the canvas of British poetry for the past 30 years with his mischievous, satirical fables which overturn all our expectations. Alternative Anthem is a live album of poems from books published over three decades, with a DVD of filmed highlights from recent performances. It includes poetry from:
We Brits: the Guyanese-born word magician gives an outsider-insider view of British life in poems which both challenge and cherish our peculiar culture and hallowed institutions.
Weblines: three powerful Caribbean myths of transformation: the steeldrum, the limbo dancer, and Anansi, the spider trickster god.
From the Devil’s Pulpit: a Devil’s eye view of the world, sweeping from Genesis across time.
And other books including Mangoes and Bullets and Lovelines for a Goat-Born Lady featuring some of Agard’s best-known poems... ‘Listen Mr Oxford Don’, ‘Palm Tree King’, ‘Half-Caste’, ‘An English Girl Eats Her First Mango’.
The DVD with Alternative Anthem has films by Pamela Robertson-Pearce, the filmmaker of Bloodaxe's DVD-book In Person: 30 Poets, of two recent live performances by John Agard. These include many of his best-known poems.
(Price & availability last checked: October 2018)