The Big Smoke (Penguin Poets)

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Binding: Paperback
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ISBN: 9780143123729
Publisher: Penguin Books
Language: English
Page Count: 128
Size: 8.43" l x 5.43" w x 0.33"
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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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