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Shara McCallum on 'Husband'

In its 'In Their Own Words' feature, The Poetry Society of America invited Shara McCallum to share and discuss a poem. Shara shares 'Husband', and discusses the origin of the poem as '[troubling] the waters of memory'.

The speaker of this poem, Isabella, is one of the two primary characters in No Ruined Stone. In fashioning her voice, I asked myself what my need was, as a writer and person living in the 21st century, to return to our time someone who could have existed nearly two hundred years ago: a 19th century woman born into slavery, who escapes it by migrating from Jamaica to Scotland and passing for white.

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