The Big Smoke (Penguin Poets)

The Big Smoke (Penguin Poets)

Adrian Matejka


Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and the nationwide booklet Award in Poetry--a collection that examines the parable and heritage of the prizefighter Jack Johnson
 
 
The mythical Jack Johnson (1878-1946) used to be a real American construction. the kid of emancipated slaves, he overcame the violent segregationism of Jim Crow, tough white boxers--and white America--to develop into the 1st African-American heavyweight global champion. The vast Smoke, Adrian Matejka's 3rd paintings of poetry, follows the fighter's trip from poverty to the main coveted identify in activities in the course of the multi-layered voices of Johnson and the white girls he overtly enjoyed. Matejka's publication is a component historical reclamation and half interrogation of Johnson's advanced legacy, person who usually misremembers the magnetic guy at the back of the myth.

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