Benjamin Zephaniah is right up there on my top 10 list of rebellious anti-authority figures. Strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica he seems to effortlessly combine these with a punk rock spirit and a strong political message.
On November 5th of all days when Zephaniah found out he had been nominated for the Poet Laureate position opening in 2019 was poetry itself this (above) was his reaction.
For me personally this is ultimately what good art is all about. Regardless of whether its a song, a poem, or a public statement, or any other way of presenting art - If it relays raw emotion, a sense of rebellion, and passion, I'm hooked.
It's not the first time Zephaniah has spoken out against the monarchy. When he was offered an OBE in 2003 he replied "OBE, me? Up yours, I thought... I get angry when I hear that word "empire"; it reminds me of slavery, it reminds me of thousands of years of brutality, it reminds me of how my foremothers were raped and my forefathers brutalised.