[The Big Smoke reading group]
In “A Struggle between a Demon and a Gritty Dwarf,” Matejka’s Johnson recalls his fight with Stanley Ketchel, a Polish middleweight boxer. Johnson toys with the lesser fighter, but, after being distracted, is caught with a hook that almost causes him to fall.
When he stood and resumed fighting, Johnson "hit / Ketchel so hard we both fell down." Johnson had knocked Ketchel's front teeth out, and the hit was so powerful that Johnson was fearful that he may have killed his opponent, which would have been especially troubling for the almost all-white audience.
How did you respond to the poem? Why?