Finding Ben in Birmingham

Ben Zephaniah’s typewriter is on display at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

bens-type-copy

To much laughter
from the hundreds of
sequinned costumes,

finding Birmingham
is being tapped out on
Zephaniah’s typewriter.

Ascending Everest keys
he writes poetry
type type typing away

[his rhythm at the age of 22]
troublemaker type type
typing away into the reading

in hometown front rooms.
Learning the history of black,
sequins reflect light on

man and Country
inside a case of glass,
how Columbus discovered

Birmingham much to the
laughter of costumed
people, still listening.

A typewriter honoured
with its own writing,
smiling through the glass.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s