Poetry Companyby Joe Cobb Crawford
Pub. Date: 03/14/2011
Publisher: Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.
Joe Cobb is the youngest of the chicken catchers. His work buddies, a rough and rowdy gang of misfits, make Joe's journey to self-recognition and manhood especially painful and challenging. It's the early 1960's, and Joe struggles to accept that his family, and the farm that is his base, are bleeding away just like the eroding red soil on the hills of the Great Copper Basin where he lives. "Little Joe" must balance working nights catching chickens, as he struggles to gain the acceptance of this crude-talking fraternity of poultry laborers. These dubious mentors will teach him many of life's painful secrets much too early, as they transport him to the other side of adolescence. These are his memories of that unique and adventuresome journey.
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This book is original and insightful. It is both an easy read and a page turner. You want to know what happens next! Through the creative storytelling ability and gentle humor of this author, you meet characters that amaze and at times shock you. You learn a bit about chicken catching and a lot about the real people who earned their livelihood from this business. What a wonderful story! Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!
"Little Joe" Crawford's memoir of his childhood adventures as a chicken catcher and the numerous characters he meets along the way depicts a very colorful and highly unusual part of the South that most people are totally unaware. That fact that these stories are real makes them even more fascinating!
I got the book last weekend and read it immediately. It was a very easy read. I loved the bold language that was used in the book.The book told a story of a young man who grew up leading a hard life in the chicken business, but he had some wonderful times with all the characters that he worked with, lived with, etc. I would suggest this book to anyone.