Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers by Frank WalkerTurn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers by Frank Walker

Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers

byFrank Walker

Paperback | May 1, 2013

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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.
FRANK W WALKER is the 2013-2014 poet laureate of Kentucky. He is an associate professor of English at the University of Kentucky and the editor of Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture. A Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry recipient, he is the author of five collections of poetry, including Buffalo Dance: The Journey of ...
Title:Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar EversFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8.5 × 5.53 × 0.28 inPublished:May 1, 2013Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820345415

ISBN - 13:9780820345413


Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
How Do We Comply?: Answering the Call of Medgar Evers
Michelle S. Hite

Acknowledgments xxi
Introduction xxiii

Part I: Dixie Suite
What Kills Me 3
Ambiguity over the Confederate Flag 4
Rotten Fruit 5
Humor Me 7
The N-Word 8
Southern Sports 10
Byron De La Beckwith Dreaming I 11
I'd Wish I Was in Dixie Too 12

Part II: Southern Dreams
Fire Proof 15
Listening to Music 16
Life Apes Art Apes Life: Byron De La Beckwith Reflects on Birth of a Nation 17
White of Way 18
Music, Niggers & Jews 19
Swamp Thing 20
Stand by Your Man 21
Husbandry 22
Unwritten Rules for Young Black Boys Wanting to Live in Mississippi Long Enough to Become Men 23

Part III: Look Away, Look Away . . .
Byron De La Beckwith Dreaming II 27
After Dinner in Money, Mississippi 29
World War Too 30
Believing in Hymn 31
Southern Bells 32
Fighting Extinction 33
Harriet Tubman as Villain: A Ghost Story 34
Legal Lynching 35
After the FBI Searched the Bayou 36
Haiku for Emmett Till 37
No More Fear 38
When Death Moved In 39

Part IV: Gallant South
Byron De La Beckwith Dreaming III 43
After Birth 44
Sorority Meeting 45
One-Third of 180 Grams of Lead 47
Arlington 48
Cross-Examination 49
Bighearted 50
Anatomy of Hate 51
What They Call Irony 52
On Moving to California 53

Part V: Bitter Fruit
One Mississippi, Two Mississippis 57
A Final Accounting 58
Now One Wants to Be President 59
Epiphany 60
Last Meal Haiku 61
White Knights 62
Evers Family Secret Recipe 63
The Assurance Man 64
Gift of Time 65
Heavy Wait 66
Time Line 67

Bibliography 71

Editorial Reviews

[A] powerful tribute.

- Deep South Magazine