The Big SmokeBook - 2013
The legendary Jack Johnson (18781946) was a true American creation. The child of emancipated slaves, he overcame the violent segregationism of Jim Crow, challenging white boxersand white Americato become the first African-American heavyweight world champion. The Big Smoke, Adrian Matejkas third work of poetry, follows the fighters journey from poverty to the most coveted title in sports through the multi-layered voices of Johnson and the white women he brazenly loved. Matejkas book is part historic reclamation and part interrogation of Johnsons complicated legacy, one that often misremembers the magnetic man behind the myth.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2013
Branch Call Number: 811 MATEJ
Characteristics: 109 pages ; 22 cm