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Emmett's Wallet

Emmett's Wallet Mason-Dixon Lines p o e t ry b y ph i l i p C . Ko l i n They said I had pictures in my wallet, white girls Gisele MacKenzie, Joan Collins. It was immoral for a black boy to tote these Hit Parade darlings in his hip pocket, going juking with their sweet white voices. But they came in the wallet, really. No extra charge except for smooth-talking Negro boys from Chicago more equal than separate for the tastes of George, Orval, or just Bull. What black boy could ever get a white girl pregnant, sealed in all that faux leather. Wasn't cellophane a prophylactic, too. Woolworth's did offer a guarantee-- to refund the purchase price 100 percent if the buyer was not fully satisfied. I never had the chance. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

Emmett's Wallet

Southern Cultures , Volume 19 (4) – Nov 14, 2013

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Abstract

Mason-Dixon Lines p o e t ry b y ph i l i p C . Ko l i n They said I had pictures in my wallet, white girls Gisele MacKenzie, Joan Collins. It was immoral for a black boy to tote these Hit Parade darlings in his hip pocket, going juking with their sweet white voices. But they came in the wallet, really. No extra charge except for smooth-talking Negro boys from Chicago more equal than separate for the tastes of George, Orval, or just Bull. What black boy could ever get a white girl pregnant, sealed in all that faux leather. Wasn't cellophane a prophylactic, too. Woolworth's did offer a guarantee-- to refund the purchase price 100 percent if the buyer was not fully satisfied. I never had the chance.

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Southern CulturesUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 14, 2013

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