Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride
The captivating story of a record-setting nineteenth-century black jockey told in poetry.
In this creative foray into persona poems, Walker immerses himself in the life of African American jockey Isaac Burns Murphy (1861-1896). The son of a slave, Murphy's legendary career riveted the attention of the nation and established him as one of the greatest jockeys of all time. Walker's poetry breathes life into the voices of Murphy and his family, the neglected history of African Americans in thoroughbred racing, and racial tensions in the post-Civil War South.