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Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers

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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.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

How Do We Comply?: Answering the Call of Medgar Evers

Michelle S. Hite

Acknowledgments xxi

Introduction xxiii

Part I: Dixie Suite

What Kills Me 3

Ambiguity over the Confederate Flag 4

Rotten Fruit 5

Humor Me 7

The N-Word 8

Southern Sports 10

Byron De La Beckwith Dreaming I 11

I’d Wish I Was in Dixie Too 12

Part II: Southern Dreams

Fire Proof 15

Listening to Music 16

Life Apes Art Apes Life: Byron De La Beckwith Reflects on Birth of a Nation 17

White of Way 18

Music, Niggers & Jews 19

Swamp Thing 20

Stand by Your Man 21

Husbandry 22

Unwritten Rules for Young Black Boys Wanting to Live in Mississippi Long Enough to Become Men 23

Part III: Look Away, Look Away . . .

Byron De La Beckwith Dreaming II 27

After Dinner in Money, Mississippi 29

World War Too 30

Believing in Hymn 31

Southern Bells 32

Fighting Extinction 33

Harriet Tubman as Villain: A Ghost Story 34

Legal Lynching 35

After the FBI Searched the Bayou 36

Haiku for Emmett Till 37

No More Fear 38

When Death Moved In 39

Part IV: Gallant South

Byron De La Beckwith Dreaming III 43

After Birth 44

Sorority Meeting 45

One-Third of 180 Grams of Lead 47

Arlington 48

Cross-Examination 49

Bighearted 50

Anatomy of Hate 51

What They Call Irony 52

On Moving to California 53

Part V: Bitter Fruit

One Mississippi, Two Mississippis 57

A Final Accounting 58

Now One Wants to Be President 59

Epiphany 60

Last Meal Haiku 61

White Knights 62

Evers Family Secret Recipe 63

The Assurance Man 64

Gift of Time 65

Heavy Wait 66

Time Line 67

Bibliography 71

Product Details

ISBN:
9780820345413
Author:
Walker, Frank X.
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Subject:
Poetry/African American
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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