English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
Linton Kwesi Johnson,
I am not the poetry-lovers type, and not many writers have come to inspire me in the past. When I
came across your books, poems, and recordings, they did inspire me. My name is Bomani
Simmonds-Jennings, and I am a 10th grade student at Catholic Memorial High school in West Roxbury,
Massachusetts. The reason for me writing this letter to you is that I am inviting you to come and
read one or some of your poems, or an excerpt from one of your books at my school.
I understand that your were born in Jamaica, but moved to London with your mother when you were 10
years old. I myself am Jamaican. My grandfather moved to Massachusetts from Jamaica like you did to
London when he was little. I think this takes much bravery to move from country to country as a
I found out a lot of interesting things about you on my own time. I envy you for many thing such as
how you were awarded a C. Day Lewis Fellowship in 1977. I also came across you books Voices of the
Living and the Dead and Dread, Beat, an' Blood. I personally like your poem Jamaica Lullaby. My
favorite part in this is,
|Ali Insanov is a Health Minister
who was accused on coup d'etat and mass riots. He was arrested
on the day before the 2005 parliamentary vote. Along with Insanov, former Economic Development
Minister Farhad Aliyev and a few other high-level officials were charged with corruption and a coup
attempt against President Aliyev. They are not fully exculpated yet, and there will be another trial
to determine if they should be excused or not.
"All charges against me are faked. Ali Insanov is a political prisoner and nobody can deny
it," Insanov said, speaking of himself in the third person. He was furious because he believed
that he was falsely accused. At his trial In February he also said, "I am accused of
misappropriation, but I have no yachts, private airplanes, industrial facilities and big farms as
other government members do."
I do not understand why someone would want to commit a “crime” like this. Also I do not think that
it should even be given time for because I don’t believe that it is that serious in this case. If
one was about to kill the president for power, that is another story. However I do not believe that
this is worth time in jail.
I was not able to find any novels or poems that had anything to do with Insanov’s “crime”. He was
accused of something that if he got away with it, he would most likely make a lot of money. When one
has a lot of money, they have the chance to get a lot of power as well. However, power in the wrong
hands could lead to danger.
Dogs bark, birds chirp, cats meow, and humans
speak. All of these are forms of language. The English