Friday, August 31, 2018

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August 31, 2018

No Ruined Stone

Shara McCallum
Shara McCallum reads "No Ruined Stone."

About This Poem


"This poem is part of a manuscript that bears the same title, No Ruined Stone, and is an alternate account of history, based on the life of eighteenth-century Scottish poet Robert Burns. The real Burns very nearly migrated to Jamaica to work as a bookkeeper on a slave plantation. In the poems, I follow what happens to the fictional Burns I create, who does go to Jamaica, and to one of his imagined descendants, a mixed-race woman born into slavery and who comes of age as emancipation is happening in the British West Indies."
—Shara McCallum


Shara McCallum is the author of five poetry collections, including her most recent, Madwoman (Alice James Books, 2017), winner of the 2018 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. McCallum is a liberal arts professor of English at Pennsylvania State University and lives in Pennsylvania.


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(Alice James Books, 2017)

"Portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay, Great-Niece of Lord Mansfield, and Her Cousin, Lady Elizabeth Murray, c. 1779 (by unknown artist)" by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers


"mulberry fields" by Lucille Clifton


"Two Byrds" by Casey Rocheteau


August Guest Editor: Evie Shockley


Thanks to Evie Shockley, author of semiautomatic (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), who curated Poem-a-Day this month. Read more about Shockley and our guest editors for the year.

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"No Ruined Stone" by Shara McCallum