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Tough Boy Sonatas

Curtis Crisler

Wherever your home is, it’s probably not as tough as Gary, Indiana. Gary has been called a lot of things. The Armpit of Chicago. The Land of Robbing Hoods. Hell. For the children of Gary, living often boils down to surviving. Maybe these kids get caught up in games of gin rummy. Maybe they spin tops as a way to scratch something fun out of their desperation. Maybe they stand by helplessly as their tenement buildings go up in flames. Or maybe they get held up at gunpoint by somebody who wants more money than he could steal from his church collection box. Award-winning poet Curtis L. Crisler’s work gives voice to the children of Gary, shedding some light on their experiences. Kevin R. Free, Dion Graham, and JD Jackson provides a haunting performance of Crisler’s bittersweet poems. “Written with skillful manipulation of sound, rhythm, and form, the poems are filled with sophisticated imagery and graphic words …”—Booklist, starred review “These poems are muscular and vivid, fierce with the sound and force of language.”—School Library Journal, starred review

Wherever your home is, it’s probably not as tough as Gary, Indiana. Gary has been called a lot of things. The Armpit of Chicago. The Land of Robbing Hoods. Hell. For the children of Gary, living often boils down to surviving. Maybe these kids get caught up in games of gin rummy. Maybe they spin tops as a way to scratch something fun out of their desperation. Maybe they stand by helplessly as their tenement buildings go up in flames. Or maybe they get held up at gunpoint by somebody who wants more money than he could steal from his church collection box. Award-winning poet Curtis L. Crisler’s work gives voice to the children of Gary, shedding some light on their experiences. Kevin R. Free, Dion Graham, and JD Jackson provides a haunting performance of Crisler’s bittersweet poems. “Written with skillful manipulation of sound, rhythm, and form, the poems are filled with sophisticated imagery and graphic words …”—Booklist, starred review “These poems are muscular and vivid, fierce with the sound and force of language.”—School Library Journal, starred review
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Wherever your home is, it’s probably not as tough as Gary, Indiana. Gary has been called a lot of things. The Armpit of Chicago. The Land of Robbing Hoods. Hell. For the children of Gary, living often boils down to surviving. Maybe these kids get caught up in games of gin rummy. Maybe they spin tops as a way to scratch something fun out of their desperation. Maybe they stand by helplessly as their tenement buildings go up in flames. Or maybe they get held up at gunpoint by somebody who wants more money than he could steal from his church collection box. Award-winning poet Curtis L. Crisler’s work gives voice to the children of Gary, shedding some light on their experiences. Kevin R. Free, Dion Graham, and JD Jackson provides a haunting performance of Crisler’s bittersweet poems. “Written with skillful manipulation of sound, rhythm, and form, the poems are filled with sophisticated imagery and graphic words …”—Booklist, starred review “These poems are muscular and vivid, fierce with the sound and force of language.”—School Library Journal, starred review

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kevin R. Free

Length:

1h 23m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:21


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:59


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:08


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

00:48


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:22


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:15


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:09


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:47


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:03


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:26


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:05


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

00:58


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

00:38


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

01:46


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:15


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:32


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

01:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:04


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:53


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:56


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

01:16


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:15


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:24


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:27


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:21


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

01:02


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:44