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Front Matter

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Contents

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Author’s Preface

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pp. ix-xv

Fourteen or fifteen years previously, living in southeast Texas, I’d managed sixty pages of manuscript, then stalled. I would peck at the thing from time to time, not really getting anywhere. Now it was 1985. I was an actuarial analyst, had a decent income, was publishing poetry in respectable magazines. August House (my first publisher, which had...

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Jujitsu for Christ

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pp. 1-189

The building sat back of an overpass in a tangle of narrow alley ways. Would-be customers had to turn sharply just at the base of the overpass, then maneuver their fat Buicks carefully past dilapidated apartments and barbecue joints with walls of corrugated tin. Either this inconvenience, or the black teenagers staring from...

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Afterword

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pp. 191-209

The apocalyptic climax of Jack Butler’s Jujitsu for Christ (1986) is set against the backdrop of an actual historical event: the football game between the University of Mississippi and the University of Kentucky that took place in Jackson, Mississippi, on September 29, 1962—the night before rioting broke out on the Ole Miss campus over James...