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Folks Like Me

Cornish, Sam

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ISBN 10: 0944072305 / ISBN 13: 9780944072301
Published by Zoland Books, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1993
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Book unread, fine in like DJ. Signed on title page. Cornish served as the first Boston Poet Laureate from 2008-2013. 111 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 6567

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Title: Folks Like Me

Publisher: Zoland Books, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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A reflection on the awakening of African-American political identity in the years between the Depression and the 1960s features poems on James Baldwin, Paul Robeson, the bus boycotts, the Scottsboro Boys, and Joe Louis


Sam Cornish writes about the black experience with an uncanny ear for the details of speech and a keenly historical sensibility. These poems draw the reader into early bus boycotts, red scares, and the lives of fascinating figures like Joe Louis, Sojourner Truth, and Blind Lemon Jefferson. In the latter poem, Cornish gets a strong, bluesy feel that gives the reader a good idea of how important sound and flow are in Cornish's work: "talking / singing / cocky in his Stetson hat /said/(me and my guitar /makes everything all / right)."

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