Linton Johnson’s If I Woz A Top Notch Poet


This is performance poetry that lives or dies by the tongue. Johnson’s reflections are perfectly sharp and honed to be light and substantial at the same time.  His sound really is sublime, and he makes his Jamaican patois an asset, not only a statement, in several places. This poem shows his complex multi-dimensionality as a grown person; not just bragging or rotting in simple envy, but from humility striking out in a restive claim to greatness that he can deliver on.  But Johnson is a serious and honored poet.  See another one of his poems, a more serious one, here .  Experience more jaw dropping British performance poetry here.