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John Agard

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Coffee in Heaven

You'll be greeted
by a nice cup of coffee
when you get to heaven
and strains of angelic harmony.

But wouldn't you be devastated
if they only serve decaffeinated
while from the percolators of hell

your soul was assaulted
by Satan's fresh espresso smell?

from Alternative Anthem: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2009), © John Agard 2009, used by permission of the author and the publisher.


John Agard

John Agard Reading from his poems



3Checking Out Me History

4Man to Pan

5The Coin of Birth

6Anancy's Thoughts on Colours

7My Brollie

8Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Old Tie

9How Nansi Got Lead Part in Swan Lake


11Limbo Dancer's Soundpoem

12Limbo Dancer's Mantra

13Limbo Dancer at Immigration

14Once Upon a Time

15Where Does Laughter Begin?

16Twinkle Twinkle Firefly

17The Speller's Bag

18The Older the Violin the Sweeter the Tune

19Rat Race

20Swimming Teeth

21Hello H20


23On First Name Terms

24Colour of Evil

25Coffee in Heaven

26Question Time with the Devil


28Bridge Builder


30Sonnet 1 31Sonnet 2

32Sonnet 21

33Sonnet 55

34Sonnet 60

35Listen Mr Oxford don