Behind the Beat Look is a Sweet
Tongue and a Boogie Foot
(for those who see me as a tragic figure)
There is glee in my teeth, and mirth in my mouth.
My birth under the Mississippi sun so a boast,
A toast to my Black Daddy, Gandy-dancer, Master of the
Buck and Wing. The Skin and Grin.
But what you see might not be what you get.
Etheridge Knight, The Worcester Review, XIX, 1998, p. 131
A brief biography of Etheridge Knight (1931-1991), including his ties to Worcester, was written and published by David Shaw as part of an interactive student project. The biography is available here.
A more comprehensive look at Etheridge Knight is featured in The W0rcester Review, Vol XIX 1&2 (1998) including his years in Worcester. The introduction by Editor Rodger Martin also lays out how his military record can not answer the question of Korean War service one way or another because a Vietnam War protest fire set at the Army Record Center in St. Louis destroyed significant portions of Knight’s military record. http://www.theworcesterreview.org/