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Folks Like Me: Poems Hardcover – March, 1993

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Zoland Books; 1st edition (March 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944072305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944072301
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,096,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

Sam Cornish writes about the black experience with an uncanny ear for the details of speech and a keenly historical sensibility. These poems draw the reader into early bus boycotts, red scares, and the lives of fascinating figures like Joe Louis, Sojourner Truth, and Blind Lemon Jefferson. In the latter poem, Cornish gets a strong, bluesy feel that gives the reader a good idea of how important sound and flow are in Cornish's work: "talking / singing / cocky in his Stetson hat /said/(me and my guitar /makes everything all / right)."

From Library Journal

Cornish's fourth collection offers clear, direct poems that pull at the heart. There is a wealth of history in this collection, whose subjects--Joe Louis, John Coltrane, Frederick Douglas, and Booker T. Washington, among others--are well known in the African American community. However, Cornish ( Songs of Jubilee: New and Selected Poems , Unicorn Pr., 1986) sheds new light on historical figures who have pushed against the whirlwinds of oppression and succeeded: "I remember my father, our southern fathers, our Negro fathers. They/taught me to say, 'yes sir,' but what they felt (meant) was not, 'yes!/ sir' but of ourselves, their sons and daughters." The Southern imagery here is vivid: "black/southern/ black boy/ shining/ like/ fine Sunday/ shoes." A list of historical references is included. Recommended for most collections, particularly where African American literature is popular.
- Lenard D. Moore, Carolina African American Writers' Collective, Raleigh, N.C.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Sam Cornish's poetry is incredible. When I read his work, I hear a blues band playing in the background. Pure music...pure feeling. He is totally underappreciated and I wish more people knew of his powerful voice.
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By Kathleen on February 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The poetry of Sam Cornish (Horseface) was chosen as a part of the 2012 Common Thread series of poems for discussion. The series is part of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. I bought this book specifically for access to the poem "Horseface" which I could not access online. I am so glad that I bought the book because his poetry is so good and I would have missed it otherwise. The book arrived promptly, but with a torn cover which I really didn't mind since the poetry inside was intact:)
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