Ballad of a Ghetto Poet: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 9, 2003 - Fiction - 192 pages
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What do you do when you are young and gifted and the world has turned its back at you? That is the wrenching question at the heart of this extraordinary novel about a seventeen-year-old street kid whose only escape is through crime -- and the redemptive power of his poetry.
Ballad of a Ghetto Poet tells the savage and lyrical story of a teenager caught in the brutal cross-fire of poverty and violence that could send him on the collision course to the cellblock -- or the grave.
Chicko Grayson is a teenager growing up on the tough streets of Richmond, Virginia, where powerty is a life sentence, and the only way out is behind the barrel of a gun.
Raised on the harsh, brutal language of the streets, Chicko hears the music of God in the poetry he writes. But God is noticeably absent when he fals in with a sly and dangerous criminal who draws Chicko and his best friends Malcolm and Junnie into the city's violent underworld of crime.
Filled with the rage and pathos of the streets, eloquent in its anquished portrait of life in the forgotten corners of the South, Ballad of a Ghetto Poet delivers a modern-day interpretation of West Side Story. This is a tragic and heroic tale of desperate hope and lost chances, and of what happens when redemption comes too late.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
9
Section 4
15
Section 5
25
Section 6
41
Section 7
47
Section 8
53
Section 16
107
Section 17
113
Section 18
119
Section 19
125
Section 20
131
Section 21
139
Section 22
151
Section 23
157

Section 9
59
Section 10
65
Section 11
71
Section 12
77
Section 13
89
Section 14
95
Section 15
101
Section 24
163
Section 25
167
Section 26
171
Section 27
179
Section 28
181
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A.J. White is the pseudonym of an author who lives with her family in King William, Virginia.

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