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Darktown Follies: Poems
by Amaud Jamaul Johnson

    Publication Date: Nov 01, 2013
    List Price: $16.95
    Format: Paperback, 70 pages
    Classification: Poetry
    ISBN13: 9781936797394
    Imprint: Tupelo Press, Inc.
    Publisher: Tupelo Press, Inc.
    Parent Company: Tupelo Press, Inc.

    Paperback Description:

    Darktown Follies, Amaud Jamaul Johnson’s daring and surprising new collection of poems, responds to Black Vaudeville, specifically the personal and professional challenges African American variety performers faced in the early twentieth century. Johnson is fascinated by jokes that aren’t funny — particularly, what it means when humor fails or reveals something unintended about our national character. Darktown Follies is an act of self-sabotage, a poet’s willful attempt at recklessness, abandoning the "good sense" God gave him, as an effort to explore the boundaries and intersections of race and humor.

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