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The Big Smoke (Poets, Penguin)

  • Author:Adrian Matejka
  • Brand:Brand: Penguin Books
  • Category:Book
  • List Price: $18.00
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  • Sales Rank:235,070
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Edition:1
  • Pages:128
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.3
  • Dimensions (in):8.2 x 5.4 x 0.5
  • Publication Date:May 28, 2013
  • MPN:9780143123729
  • ISBN:0143123726
  • EAN:9780143123729
  • ASIN:0143123726
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Synopsis
A finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in Poetry—a collection that examines the myth and history of the prizefighter Jack Johnson
 
 
The 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.


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