Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride Poems by Frank X Walker
In Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride, poet Frank X Walker immerses himself in the story of legendary African-American jockey Isaac Murphy (1861-1896).
The son of a slave, Murphy rose to the top of thoroughbred racing in a brilliant career that brought him wealth and fame. In Murphy’s time, thoroughbred racing was dominated by African-American jockeys.
In the poems imagined/spoken here by Frank X Walker we hear the voices of Murphy and his wife Lucy, his trainer Eli Jordan, and his parents James and America Burns. The poems shine a light on the life of America’s most celebrated black jockey, his family and community, and the historical canvas on which his extraordinary life played out.
Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride
Poems by Frank X Walker
Old Cove Press (2010)
88 pp., 5 3/4″ x 9 1/4″, Paperback, $16.00