Martha Collins

[white paper #7]

white line broken line white dividing
right from right white sign house oh


New England white church white
meeting house on green commons


where slaves could not stroll at night
in Boston carry sticks or canes


where African slaves were first bought
with Pequots captured in Just warre


where slaves were sometimes sold in taverns


where churches bought them for ministers


where ministers lawyers doctors farmers
used them for cutting carting hoeing
husking mowing ferrying carrying


and where in any case the slave trade . . .


where the last slave died in 1859 in Rhode Island


oh New England your white meeting broken oh


#7 and #31 from White Papers, by Martha Collins  c 2012.  All rights are controlled by The University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA  15260.  Used by permission of the University of Pittsburgh Press.

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