In the Language of My Captor (Hardcover)

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In the Language of My Captor (Hardcover)


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Finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Poetry

Winner of the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry (2017)

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

SHANE MCCRAE is the author of four other books of poetry, including The Animal Too Big to Kill, Mule, Forgiveness Forgiveness, and Blood.
Product Details ISBN: 9780819577115
ISBN-10: 0819577111
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
Pages: 108
Language: English