For My People
ISBN: 0300246404
EAN13: 9780300246407
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 22, 2019
Pages: 64
Dimensions: 0.3149606" H x 7.952756" L x 5.354331" W
Weight: 0.198416 lbs.
Format: Paperback

For My People

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Book Overview

An exploration of race and heritage, For My People is the first book by poet and novelist Margaret Walker (1915-1998) and the 41st volume of the Yale Series of Younger Poets

Considered among the most important collections of poetry written by a participant in the Black Chicago Renaissance, For My People is a series of ballad poems with memorable characters, including the New Orleans sorceress Molly Means; Kissie Lee, a tough young woman who dies with her boots on switching blades; Poppa Chicken, an urban drug dealer and pimp; John Henry, killed by a ten-pound hammer; and Stagolee, who kills a white officer but eludes a lynch mob. The memorable title poem evokes the power of resilience not only for black people, but for all people.

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