Had Slaves

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Publication Date

October 1, 2011


ISBN: 0965634914



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Two words, stumbled across while going through family papers, upended everything poet Catherine Sasanov thought she knew about her Missouri ancestors. Using extensive research and imaginative speculation, Sasanov not only constructs fragments of what might have been the lives of the central figures in this tragic drama-the eleven men, women and children held in bondage by her great-great-great-grandfather and his family but also offers a larger view of American slavery and the artifacts and attitudes that are its ongoing legacy.

Had Slaves is the winner of the inaugural Sentence Book Award, which goes annually to a manuscript consisting entirely or substantially of prose poems or other hard-to-define work situated in the grey areas between poetry and other genres – work that promotes the mission of Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics to extend the conception of what the prose poem is or can be.

New reviews of Catherine Sasanov’s Had Slaves by Julia Perch at Press 1 and Galatea Resurrects #15 (A Poetry Engagement).

About the Book

This book is not about Sinead O’ Connor or the gathering impulse of blue birds or the rotten plans of serge-robed men or Aunt Foxy’s potted peppers. Even we, its progenitors, will see this book on a shelf somewhere someday and think: Now we will learn all there is to learn about Sinead O’ Connor and her coat of a thousand bluebirds, having forgotten the way human beings forget the importance of remembering. But Sinead will always remain the ethereal Sinead, and the path to the shorn woman with the songbird’s throat will remain (un)regrettably undetectable.

About the Author

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