it was so hot / our dreams laid out on the sidewalk / and said 'never mind, we good'
Here's a genre you don't often hear about - Historical Poetry. It's a genre that deserves to be spearheaded by this very book. Ewing takes the ugly events of the 1919 Chicago Race Riot and weaves them into a series of poems that, despite the grim subject matter, are often beautiful and resonate loudly in today's fraught world of social & racial unrest. 1919 is a gem of a poetry collection, and a cornerstone of Chicago Art that will remain standing for a long, long time.— From Nick's Picks
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The Chicago Race Riot of 1919, the most intense of the riots comprising the nation's Red Summer, has shaped the last century but is not widely discussed. In 1919, award-winning poet Eve L. Ewing explores the story of this event--which lasted eight days and resulted in thirty-eight deaths and almost 500 injuries--through poems recounting the stories of everyday people trying to survive and thrive in the city. Ewing uses speculative and Afrofuturist lenses to recast history, and illuminates the thin line between the past and the present.
About the Author
Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist of education and a writer from Chicago. She is the author of Electric Arches, which received awards from the American Library Association and the Poetry Society of America and was named one of the year's best books by NPR and the Chicago Tribune. She is also author of Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side and the co-author (with Nate Marshall) of No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. She is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other venues.