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Turn Me Loose

The Unghosting of Medgar Evers

Frank X Walker

Publication Year: 2013

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.

Published by: University of Georgia Press

Cover

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pp. C-C

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quotes

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pp. i-viii

CONTENTS

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pp. xi-xii

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

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pp. xiii-xx

Kentucky assumes a prominent place in Frank X Walker’s five previous poetry collections. Affrilachia (2000) was his first collection and serves as the defining text of black life and experience in the Bluegrass State. Black Box: Poems (2006) extends Walker’s voice and vision of the overlooked lives of black people in Kentucky through a consideration of his own Affrilachian life. Walker’s persona poems...

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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pp. xxi-xxii

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. xxiii-xxiv

Much of Mississippi’s and the South’s past is characterized by increased resistance to white supremacy in the face of overt and subtle racism that resulted in a multitude of crimes. These include crimes against the body, crimes against property, the collusion of public and private institutions in preventing access and opportunity to all people, and conspiracies of silence that continue today. This collection...

PART I: DIXIE SUITE

What Kills Me

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pp. 3-3

Ambiguity over the Confederate Flag

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pp. 4-4

Rotten Fruit

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pp. 5-6

Humor Me

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pp. 7-7

The N-Word

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pp. 8-9

Southern Sports

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pp. 10-10

Byron De La Beckwith Dreaming I

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pp. 11-11

I’d Wish I Was in Dixie Too

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pp. 12-12

PART II: SOUTHERN DREAMS

Fire Proof

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pp. 15-15

Listening to Music

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pp. 16-16

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

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pp. 17-17

White of Way

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pp. 18-18

Music, Niggers & Jews

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pp. 19-19

Swamp Thing

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pp. 20-20

Stand by Your Man

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pp. 21-21

Husbandry

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pp. 22-22

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

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pp. 23-24

PART III: LOOK AWAY, LOOK AWAY . . .

Byron De La Beckwith Dreaming II

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pp. 27-28

After Dinner in Money, Mississippi

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pp. 29-29

World War Too

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pp. 30-30

Believing in Hymn

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pp. 31-31

Southern Bells

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pp. 32-32

Fighting Extinction

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pp. 33-33

Harriet Tubman as Villain: A Ghost Story

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pp. 34-34

Legal Lynching

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pp. 35-35

After the FBI Searched the Bayou

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pp. 36-36

Haiku for Emmett Till

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pp. 37-37

No More Fear

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pp. 38-38

When Death Moved In

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pp. 39-40

PART IV: GALLANT SOUTH

Byron De La Beckwith Dreaming III

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pp. 43-43

After Birth

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pp. 44-44

Sorority Meeting

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pp. 45-46

One-Third of 180 Grams of Lead

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pp. 47-47

Arlington

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pp. 48-48

Cross-Examination

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pp. 49-49

Bighearted

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pp. 50-50

Anatomy of Hate

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pp. 51-51

What They Call Irony

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pp. 52-52

On Moving to California

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pp. 53-54

PART V: BITTER FRUIT

One Mississippi, Two Mississippis

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pp. 57-57

A Final Accounting

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pp. 58-58

Now One Wants to Be President

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pp. 59-59

Epiphany

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pp. 60-60

Last Meal Haiku

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pp. 61-61

White Knights

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pp. 62-62

Evers Family Secret Recipe

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pp. 63-63

The Assurance Man

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pp. 64-64

Gift of Time

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pp. 65-65

Heavy Wait

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pp. 66-66

TIME LINE

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pp. 67-70

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 71-71


E-ISBN-13: 9780820345864
E-ISBN-10: 0820345865
Print-ISBN-13: 9780820345413
Print-ISBN-10: 0820345415

Page Count: 96
Publication Year: 2013

OCLC Number: 859687903
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Turn Me Loose

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  • Evers, Medgar Wiley, 1925-1963 -- Poetry.
  • United States -- Race relations -- Poetry.
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