A new collection of poems from award-winning African American poet
Frank X Walker. In this creative foray into persona poems, Walker
immerses himself in the life of African-American jockey Isaac Burns
Murphy (1861-1896). Murphy's legendary career riveted the attention
of the nation and established him as one of the greatest jockeys of
all time. Walker gives us the voices of Murphy and his wife Lucy,
his mentor Eli Jordan, and his parents James and America Burns. A
great teaching book on the neglected history of African-Americans
in the history of thoroughbred racing, the racial tension of the
post-Civil War South and other important themes. The book is a
compelling journey into the heart and mind, family and community of
America's most celebrated black jockey.
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