Big Smoke

ISBN-10: 0143123726
ISBN-13: 9780143123729
Edition: 2013
Authors: Adrian Matejka
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Description: From a prize-winning poet, a new collection that examines the myth and history of the prizefighter Jack JohnsonThe legendary Jack Johnson (1878–1946) was a true American creation. The child of emancipated slaves, he overcame the violent  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/28/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

From a prize-winning poet, a new collection that examines the myth and history of the prizefighter Jack JohnsonThe legendary Jack Johnson (1878–1946) was a true American creation. The child of emancipated slaves, he overcame the violent segregationism of Jim Crow, challenging white boxers—and white America—to become the first African-American heavyweight world champion.The Big Smoke, Adrian Matejka’s third work of poetry, follows the fighter’s journey from poverty to the most coveted title in sports through the multi-layered voices of Johnson and the white women he brazenly loved. Matejka’s book is part historic reclamation and part interrogation of Johnson’s complicated legacy, one that often misremembers the magnetic man behind the myth.

Adrian Matejkais a graduate of the Southern Illinois University MFA program. The author of The Devils Garden, his work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Crab Orchard Review, and Prairie Schooner. He teaches creative writing and English Literature at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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