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The Autobiography of a Jukebox
Reissuing as a Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporaries selection, The Autobiography of a Jukebox (previously issued in 1997 as a Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series selection) is a book of lyrics about cultural aspects of African-American life.
Hardcover, 75 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Carnegie-Mellon University Press
(first published 1997)
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angry or frustrated poems of a prose nature. with love of music and a desire for change. preachy at times, and i tend to enjoy poetry with richer imagery, but no doubt a glimpse into a life and experience i wouldn’t have otherwise
Though it seems - through the clear descriptions of his childhood- that Eady could easily slip dangerously into a voice of hatred and negativity, his works remain positive and bright. Honest words regarding racism, violence, & the unavoidable issue of class subjugation characterize a man keen observation. I enjoyed Eady's approach to problems most people would prefer to ignore.
Like Joyce and Tolstoy, Cornelius Eady is an American writer focusing largely on matters of race and society, His poetry often centers on jazz and blues, family life, violence, and societal problems stemming from questions of race and class. His poetry is often praised for its simple and approachable language.