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date: 20 September 2019

Knight, Etheridgelocked

(19 April 1931–10 March 1991)
  • Stacy Klein

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Knight, Etheridge (19 April 1931–10 March 1991), poet, was born in Corinth, Mississippi, the son of Etheridge “Bushie” Knight and Belzora Cozart. Knight grew up in Paducah, Kentucky, quit school after the eighth grade, and later ran away from home. During his teenage years he learned various toasts from the older African-American men with whom he frequented bars and poolrooms. Toast-telling, or reciting long narrative poems, usually in rhyming couplets, was a social activity Knight enjoyed and later perfected in his prison years....

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