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Mixology (National Poetry)

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From a prize-winning poet, a new 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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Selected for the 2008 National Poetry Series by Kevin Young

The poems in Adrian Matejka's second collection, Mixology, shapeshift through the myriad meanings of "mixing" to explore and explode ideas of race, skin politics, appropriation, and cultural identity. Whether the focus of the individual poems is musical, digital, or historical, the otherness implicit in being of more than one racial background guides Matejka's work to the inevitable conclusion that all things-no matter how disparate-are parts of the whole.

About the Author

Adrian Matejka is a graduate of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale MFA program. The author of The Devil’s Garden and Mixology, his work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, the Crab Orchard Review, and Prairie Schooner. He teaches creative writing and English literature at Indiana University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143115830
Author:
Matejka, Adrian
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Race
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
National Poetry Series
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.20x5.40x.20 in. .25 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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Selected for the 2008 National Poetry Series by Kevin Young

The poems in Adrian Matejka's second collection, Mixology, shapeshift through the myriad meanings of "mixing" to explore and explode ideas of race, skin politics, appropriation, and cultural identity. Whether the focus of the individual poems is musical, digital, or historical, the otherness implicit in being of more than one racial background guides Matejka's work to the inevitable conclusion that all things-no matter how disparate-are parts of the whole.

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