Song: Reality Poem
Artist: Linton Kwesi Johnson
Reality Poem is from the Jamaican-born, UK-based dub poet’s second release, the 1979’s seminal Forces of Victory, which Johnson co-produced with reggae and dub legend Dennis Bovell. Brooding and infinitely sorrowful, it’s an austere yet soulful take on the murky overlap between perception, illusion, mythology and propaganda. There’s some choice electric guitar serving as an eloquent companion to Johnson’s distinctive spoken word phrasings. A substantial song which, despite its darkness, offers an elegant sliver of hope.