Persons Unknown

Persons Unknown

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In this stunning continuation to the poetry collection A Murmuration of Starlings, dedicated to those who lost their lives during the Civil Rights movement, Jake Adam York presents another set of searing portraits of these martyrs men whose murders haunt America's history. These elegiac and documentary poems seek justice and understanding for such sacrifices as Mack Charles Parker, lynched in Mississippi in 1959, his body disposed of in the waters of the Pearl River; Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee, abducted into the depths of the Homochitto Forest, beaten, and drowned in the Mississippi by the Ku Klux Klan; and Medgar Evers, dedicated activist, whose assassination outside his home in 1963 sent shockwaves throughout the South. Drawing on photographs, articles, legal documents, and other cultural artefacts, York deftly weaves history and memory into a lyrical reckoning for these often-overlooked victims of the bitter struggle for Civil Rights
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Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 8.64mm | 195.04g
  • Carbondale, United States
  • English
  • 0809329980
  • 9780809329984
  • 1,489,752

About Jake A. York

Jake Adam York is an associate professor of English at the University of Colorado, Denver. His previous volume in this sequence, A Murmuration of Starlings, was published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2008. His poems have appeared in various journals, including Blackbird, Diagram, Greensboro Review, Gulf Coast, H_NGM_N, New Orleans Review, Shenandoah, and Southern Review.
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