Poetry. African American Studies. In Shane McCrae's IN CANAAN, he inhabits the personae of the escaped slave Margaret Garner, who, in the mid-1800s, murdered one of her daughters in order to keep her from returning to slavery. "I couldn't stop/Hurting her because it hurt," writes McCrae in the voice of Garner, "Before that night I never had the chance to love / Anyone/ she was the first person I loved." McCrae composes in broken forms and shattered fragments, retelling a harrowing historical story through the imagined first-person point of view of its tortured and terrified heroine.
Weston Cutter @ Corduroy Booksinterview by Chris Schacht @ Puerto del Bloga
Shane McCrae is the author of FORGIVENESS FORGIVENESS (Factory Hollow Press, 2014), NONFICTION (Black Lawrence Press, 2014), BLOOD (Noemi Press, 2013), and MULE (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2010), and the chapbooks IN CANAAN (Rescue Press, 2011) and One Neither One (Octopus Books, 2009). He has received a Whiting Writing's Award, a fellowship from the NEA, and the 2017 Lannan Literary Award for Poetry. He teaches at Oberlin College and in the brief-residency MFA program at Spalding University.Author City: OBERLIN, OH USA