In the Language of My Captor

In the Language of My Captor

Shane McCrae

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Poems about captivity, escape, and the possibility of freedom

Acclaimed poet Shane McCrae’s latest collection is a book about freedom told through stories of captivity. Historical persona poems and a prose memoir at the center of the book address the illusory freedom of both black and white Americans. In the book’s three sequences, McCrae explores the role mass entertainment plays in oppression, he confronts the myth that freedom can be based upon the power to dominate others, and, in poems about the mixed-race child adopted by Jefferson Davis in the last year of the Civil War, he interrogates the infrequently examined connections between racism and love. A reader’s companion is available at


Product Details

Publisher: Wesleyan
Publish Date: 02/07/2017
Pages: 108 pages
Language: English

ISBN: 9780819577115, 0819577111

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