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Blue-Tail Fly
by Vievee Francis

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    List Price: $15.95
    Format: Paperback, 88 pages
    Classification: Poetry
    Target Age Group: Middle Grade
    ISBN13: 9780814333235
    Imprint: Wayne State University Press
    Publisher: Wayne State University Press
    Parent Company: Wayne State University
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    Book Description:
    The title of Blue-Tail Fly comes from an antebellum song commonly known as "Jimmy Crack Corn." The blue-tail fly is a supposedly insignificant creature that bites the horse that bucks and kills the master. In this collection, poet Vievee Francis gives voice to "outsiders"-from soldiers and common folk to leading political figures-who play the role of the blue-tail fly in the period of American history between the Mexican American War and the Civil War. Through a diverse range of styles, characters, and emotions, Francis’s poems consider the demands of war, protest and resistance to it, and the cross-cultural exchanges of wartime. More than a narrowly themed text, Blue-Tail Fly is a book of balances, weighing the give-and-take of people and cultures in the arena of war. For lovers of poetry and those interested in American history, Blue-Tail Fly will illustrate the complexities of the American past and future.

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