1919

1919

Poetic reflections on race, class, violence, segregation, and the hidden histories that shape our divided urban landscapes. The Chicago Race Riot of 1919, the most intense of the riots that comprised the ?Red Summer? of violence across the nation?s cities, is an event that has shaped the last century but is widely unknown. In 1919, award-winning poet Eve L. Ewing explores the stor Poetic reflections on race, class, violence, segregation, and the hidden histories that shape our divide...

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Title:1919
Author:Eve L. Ewing
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:1919
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:76 pages pages

1919 Reviews

  • kasia
    Jul 31, 2019
    At the opening of this book, Eve Ewing writes that she uses poems as "what-if machines" to explore the past and its relationship to the present. This collection draws on the history of the 1919 Race Riots in Chicago, and more specifically, on a 1922 report written in its aftermath call...
  • Malia
    Aug 26, 2019
    Poetry is such a good way to deal with unbearably difficult things, like the 1919 race riots in Chicago. This book is such a perfect mix of context, interpretation/interpolation, and reverberations. I will read whatever Eve Ewing writes. The poem "Coming from the Stock Yards" absolu...
  • Carly Thompson
    Jul 22, 2019
    Poetry collection about the 1919 race riots in Chicago and the aftermath. After not reading much poetry for years, I have read 3 poetry collections this year and find myself enjoying it more than I had expected. I gravitate more toward narrative, story-based poetry. After reading th...
  • Nora
    Aug 04, 2019
    Read on the centennial anniversary of riots I hadn't learned about until well into adulthood. Chicago can be tricky that way with its history, but we are fortunate to have a lineage of writers bent against my city getting away with it. This book -- as riveting for the background storie...
  • Jim
    Oct 17, 2019
    This is a wonderful, ambitious and important work. I have now read three poems (the others are by Kevin Coval and Rennie Golden) about Eugene Williams, killed by a rock thrown in 1919 setting off a "race riot." Eve Ewing's poem is entitled Jump/Rope and set to a jump rope rhyme. ...
  • Em
    Jul 27, 2019
    I've been waiting to read this since I first heard of it last year or earlier this year. My first read of it, today, is the 100 year anniversary of Eugene William's death and the start of the worst riots of the 1919 "Red Summer." The excerpts, while quaintly written, are not unfamil...
  • Cathleen
    Jun 20, 2019
    "A precision that is both beautiful and deeply uncomfortable..." The above originated in an NPR review of Electric Arches, but the sentiment perfectly encapsulates the experience of 1919. The creative vision that sparked this work is alone worthy of exclamation: craft verse in co...
  • Beverly
    Aug 19, 2019
    thoughts coming shortly ...
  • Glenda
    Aug 14, 2019
    Eve Ewing takes the Red Summer in Chicago 1919 as the basis for a conversation between a historical moment and the official report following events of that summer to challenge readers a century later. We?re left asking what has changed? How is the moment we live in now the same as an...
  • Leah Rachel von Essen
    May 05, 2019
    In 1919, my most anticipated book of the year, Ewing paints a history in verse of the city before, during, and after the Chicago Race Riot of 1919, sparked when a black boy at 31st Street Beach drifted over the invisible lines of segregation and was stoned and drowned. When the police ...
  • Jolean
    Sep 30, 2019
    Poignant. Finished in one sitting, but a few of these will give you pause and you?ll need a moment (Sightseers, It Wouldn?t Take Much) and others goosebumps (I Saw Emmitt Till, *The Day of the Undoing). Remarkable work. ...
  • Gwendolyn
    Jun 25, 2019
    I loved the combination of historical information, photographs, and poetry in this book. 1919 focuses on the bloody Chicago race riot that occurred in that year and uses the official report of the riot as a jumping off point for the poetry. I was unaware of the riot, and Ewing?s poet...
  • Vincent
    Jul 12, 2019
    This is one of the first poetry collections I've read. I thought it was terrific. The brief quotes or framing text to each poem were really helpful. As was the introduction/background that preceded each section of poems. I never cease to be amazed by Eve Ewing. There are very few w...
  • Joy Messinger
    Jun 11, 2019
    [5 stars] A poetic retelling of anti-Black violence in Chicago centering the 1919 race riots. Creative, expansive, devastating, curious. At the same time, a reflection on history and the present. My favorite poems were ?in November?, ?or does it explode?, ?Jump / Rope?, ?...
  • Kristin Runyon
    Jun 17, 2019
    What an incredible collection of poems inspired by a primary source, and all of them accessible. I think it?s important for Eve L. Ewing?s message to reach as many people possible, as necessary. I?ll be writing a much longer review more specifically for teachers that will be post...
  • Mariel
    Jun 14, 2019
    A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of seeing Eve Ewing read from this collection at a bookstore in Chicago. The first poem she read was called "Jump/Rope," and when the poem ended, you could practically feel the air collectively whoosh out of every body in the room. The rest of the c...
  • Randall Wallace
    Sep 30, 2019
    As for the poetry on this subject, I was more taken by Claude McKay?s ?The Lynching?, ?The Exhortation: Summer 1919?, and ?If We Must Die? from ?Summer Shadows?, and Langston Hughes?s seven lynching poems from ?The Panther and the Lash?, Countee Cullens? ?Ch...
  • Danielle
    Aug 20, 2019
    I appreciate this collection not only because I didn't know about the 1919 Chicago race riot, but because Ewing shows exactly why it's so integral that it should be remembered, and how we've forgotten it. I do want to do more research, but her poetry alone makes an incredible impact. I...
  • Alissa
    Jul 27, 2019
    Thanks to Haymarket Books for the free book. This collection is brilliant, well-structured, insightful, and the scope of Ewing?s imagination constantly floored me. Ewing totally reimagines the way we look at historic events and familiar places, making them more vivid than either f...
  • Vivian
    Jun 13, 2019
    I appreciate Eve's insight into the 1919 Chicago race riots and how she chose to express it in verse. My favorites are 'or does it explode', 'keeping house', 'Jump / Rope', 'Countless Schemes' and 'upon seeing a picture of a car in a school book'. What a time to reflect on this tragic ...
  • Katie
    May 24, 2019
    The concept for this book is fascinating - poetry based on a civic committee report on the 1919 race riot in Chicago. It exposed me to a lot of new things, from unfamiliar poetry styles to a piece of history I knew nothing about. There are some truly unique pieces in this book and each...
  • Rich Farrell
    Jul 06, 2019
    The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 isn?t something generally taught in schools and outside of the publishing of this book, there hasn?t even been too much discussion of it in general circles in the city, even as we hit the 100 year mark. I first learned of it through Sandburg?s journa...
  • Ai Miller
    Aug 23, 2019
    Just incredible. The pairing of each poem with the epigraphs is just incredible, and each poem is like a snippet of being in the past. "Jump/Rope" is just incredible, probably my "favorite" poem of the collection--it's cutting, like a punch in the chest repeatedly, but also tender. Eac...
  • Bogi Takács
    Jul 23, 2019
    A poem cycle about the Chicago race riots of 1919. An absolute standout, a tapestry of poetry, nonfiction, even with the occasional speculative element. A very strong second collection after a very strong first collection (Electric Arches); I also just got her academic nonfiction book ...
  • Colleen Samura
    Jul 27, 2019
    Eve Ewing is a force in poetry. I've been anxiously awaiting a new book of poetry from her since Electric Arches, 1919 does not disappoint. The collection is a brilliantly structured look at the Chicago race riots of a century ago, full of the great depth, raw beauty, heart and intelli...
  • Seph Mozes
    Jul 28, 2019
    if you read one book this year it should be this book ...
  • Jarrod S
    Aug 19, 2019
    I'm not sure if this is more a history done via poetry OR poetry done via history, but it is exceptional in both. After reading this, I'm not even sure the distinction between the two is relevant: Ewing analyzes an event (the 1919 Chicago Race Riot) using primary sources and perspectiv...
  • Allison Nettnin
    Jun 24, 2019
    Haunting. Restrained. Powerful. ...
  • Zora Satchell
    Jun 13, 2019
    inspired me to dive deeper into my local history. Eve L. Ewing's work pushes me to find my discipline and strengthen my writing voice. ...
  • CK529
    Sep 12, 2019
    I just can't rate this book; it wouldn't be fair. I read this book of poems as a part of the Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge to read a format I don't normally read. I don't read poetry, ever. I just don't understand it. I hoped poems about a historic event would help since I love re...