By J. Patrick Lewis b. 1942
Superman flies onto his first comic book.
Oil bubbles up in Saudi Arabia.
Orson Welles' The War of the Worlds invades
every panicked radio along the eastern seaboard.
The Spanish Civil War rages on. Filming starts
on The Wizard of Oz. At New York City's
Carnegie Hall, John Hammond's Spirituals
To Swing concert explodes with African chants,
the Count Basie Band, boogie-woogie,
New Orleans jazz, hot gospel, stride piano,
harmonica instrumentals, Big Bill Broonzy's
blues. The audience hears the ghost of Robert
Johnson, four months gone, easing out
of a Victrola phonograph at center stage
the entire concert suddenly enveloped
by the man who was not there.

J. Patrick Lewis, "1938" from Black Cat Bone, published by Creative Editions. Copyright © 2006 by J. Patrick Lewis.  Reprinted by permission of J. Patrick Lewis.

Source: Black Cat Bone (Creative Editions, 2006)

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Poet J. Patrick Lewis b. 1942

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Music, Social Commentaries, Cities & Urban Life, History & Politics

 J. Patrick Lewis


Former Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis grew up in Gary, Indiana and earned a BA at Saint Joseph’s College, an MA at Indiana University, and a PhD in economics at the Ohio State University. Lewis taught in the department of Business, Accounting and Economics at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, until 1998 when he became a full-time writer.

Lewis is the author of more than fifty books of poetry for children, which . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Music, Social Commentaries, Cities & Urban Life, History & Politics

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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