Emmett’s Wallet

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Emmett’s Wallet

by Philip C. Kolin
Southern Cultures, Vol. 19, No. 4: Winter 2013

"for smooth-talking Negro boys from Chicago more equal than separate . . ."

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.