Culture, Life, Literature

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

Now I can look at you, Mr. Loomis, and see you a man who done forgot his song. Forgot how to sing it. A fellow forget that and he forget who he is. Forget how he’s supposed to mark down life.

Bynum Walker to Herold Loomis, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone:1911 – a play by August Wilson

I ran across an incredible play by August Wilson some years back that wouldn’t let go of my heart: Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. Although it showcases the “Black experience,” there are treasures here that have universal application, and that can move a work from the category of “good” to that of “great.” I always wanted to share it with someone, but it was like taking an octopus by the arm: which one do I grab? — for there are so many jumping off points in its message.

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