Turn me loose : the unghosting of Medgar Evers : poems /
by Frank X. Walker.
Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2013]
xxiv, 71 p. ; 22 cm
0820345415 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780820345413 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2013]
0820345415 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780820345413 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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What kills me -- Ambiguity over the Confederate flag -- Rotten fruit -- Humor me -- The N-word -- Southern sports -- Byron De La Beckwith dreaming I -- I'd wish I was in Dixie too -- Fire proof -- Listening to music -- Life apes art apes life : Byron De La Beckwith reflects on Birth of a nation -- White of way -- Music, niggers & Jews -- Swamp thing -- Stand by your man -- Husbandry -- Unwritten rules for young black boys wanting to live in Mississippi long enough to become men -- Byron De La Beckwith dreaming II -- After dinner in Money, Mississippi -- World war too -- Believing in hymn -- Southern bells -- Fighting extinction -- Harriet Tubman as villain : a ghost story -- Legal lynching -- After the FBI searched the bayou -- Haiku for Emmett Till -- No more fear -- When death moved in -- Byron De La Beckwith dreaming III -- After birth -- Sorority meeting -- One-third of 180 grams of lead -- Arlington -- Cross examination -- Bighearted -- Anatomy of hate -- What they call irony -- On moving to California -- Mississippi, two Mississippis -- A final accounting -- Now one wants to be president -- Epiphany -- Last meal haiku -- White knights -- Evers family secret recipe -- The assurance man -- Gift of time -- Heavy wait -- Time line.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Frank X Walker is the 2013-2014 poet laureate of Kentucky He is an associate professor of English at the University of Kentucky and the editor of Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts Culture. A Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry recipient, he is the author of five collections of poetry, including Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York, which won the Lillian Smith Book Award, and Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride.
Review Quotes
"[A powerful tribute."- Deep South Magazine
"[A] powerful tribute."- Deep South Magazine
"Having labored in the world of the arts and in particular in the vineyards of poetry over the last fifty years, I am seldom surprised, moved or excited about the many voices-new and experienced-who occupy our rather fragile and inclusive world. Frank X Walker is an exception. His unusually perceptive and original voice commands a seat at the table. That which separates most poets is their use of language and their ability to creatively keep us reading and listening to their concept of the world we all love, live, and fight in. Read this poet."-Haki R. Madhubuti, author of Honoring Genius: Gwendolyn Brooks-The Narrative of Craft, Art, Kindness, and Justice
"Searing, brilliantly realized, these forty-nine poems exhume the history of a great American hero, Medgar Evers, whose 1963 death at the hands of white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith lit a powder keg of racial unrest in the nation and ushered in a decade of political assassinations. With their deep links to African American poetic traditions of social commentary and historical excavation, Walker's poems summon ghosts of the southern past to probe the daily horror of dehumanization under the reign of Jim Crow and the terrifying psychological roots of white supremacism, past and present."-Minrose Gwin, author of Remembering Medgar Evers: Writing the Long Civil Rights Movement and The Queen of Palmyra
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Main Description
Around the void left by the murder of Medgar Evers in 1963, the poems in this collection speak, unleashing the strong emotions both before and after the moment of assassination. Poems take on the voices of Evers's widow, Myrlie; his brother, Charles; his assassin, Byron De La Beckwith; and each of De La Beckwith's two wives. Except for the book's title,"Turn me loose," which were his final words, Evers remains in this collection silent. Yet the poems accumulate facets of the love and hate with which others saw this man, unghosting him in a way that only imagination makes possible.
Table of Contents
Foreword How Do We Comply?: Answering the Call of Medgar Eversp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Introductionp. xxiii
Dixie Suite
What Kills Mep. 3
Ambiguity over the Confederate Flagp. 4
Rotten Fruitp. 5
Humor Mep. 7
The N-Wordp. 8
Southern Sportsp. 10
Byron De La Beckwith Dreaming Ip. 11
I'd Wish I Was in Dixie Toop. 12
Southern Dream
Fire Proofp. 15
Listening to Musicp. 16
Life Apes Art Apes Life: Byron De La Beckwith Reflects on Birth of a Nationp. 17
White of Wayp. 18
Music, Niggers & Jewsp. 19
Swamp Thingp. 20
Stand by Your Manp. 21
Husbandryp. 22
Unwritten Rules for Young Black Boys Wanting to Live in Mississippi Long Enough to Become Menp. 23
Look Away, Look Away…
Byron De La Beckwith Dreaming IIp. 27
After Dinner in Money, Mississippip. 29
World War Toop. 30
Believing in Hymnp. 31
Southern Bellsp. 32
Fighting Extinctionp. 33
Harriet Tubman as Villain: A Ghost Storyp. 34
Legal Lynchingp. 35
After the FBI Searched the Bayoup. 36
Haiku for Emmett Tillp. 37
No More Fearp. 38
When Death Moved Inp. 39
Part IV
Byron De La Beckwith Dreaming IIIp. 43
After Birthp. 44
Sorority Meetingp. 45
One-Third of 180 Grams of Leadp. 47
Arlingtonp. 48
Cross-Examinationp. 49
Bigheartedp. 50
Anatomy of Hatep. 51
What They Call Ironyp. 52
On Moving to Californiap. 53
Bitter Fruit
One Mississippi, Two Mississippisp. 57
A Final Accountingp. 58
Now One Wants to Be Presidentp. 59
Epiphanyp. 60
Last Meal Haikup. 61
White Knightsp. 62
Evers Family Secret Recipep. 63
The Assurance Manp. 64
Gift of Timep. 65
Heavy Waitp. 66
Time Linep. 67
Bibliographyp. 71
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