Shane McCrae
Shane McCrae Shane McCrae teaches at Oberlin College and at Spalding University’s low-residency MFA in Writing Program. His most recent books are In the Language of My Captor (forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press in 2017) and The Animal Too Big to Kill (Persea Books 2015). He has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, a fellowship from the NEA, and a Pushcart Prize.

Jefferson Davis the Adoptive Father of the Mulatto Jim Limber Dreams the Freedom of the Negro Will One Day Be His Freedom

I see the declaration passing from hand to hand from Washington to Richmond from horse to horse      from rider to rider one galloping furiously until   his horse falls dead at the hooves of the next most trotting      some walking      one paused and let his fat horse nibble at...

Black Codes

Law said he couldn’t a Black man he couldn’t Be unemployed the law   said if he was a Black man if he was idle in the day caught   in the middle of the day Out in the day     / He ain’t have no contract     with no white man   To work a white...