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Blessing the Boats - From The Terrible Stories (1996), "slaveships" Summary & Analysis

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From The Terrible Stories (1996), "slaveships" Summary

This is a poem speaking collectively from the point of view of those who are captured and brought on slave ships to be slaves. Ironically, the ships are called with religious names such as Jesus, Angel of God, and Grace of God. The people in the ships have barely survived, and many of them have not. They have been "loaded like spoons" in the deep holds of these ships, not able to breathe or get clean. Although they pray, and they are traveling in ships with holy names, there is no answer to their prayers. They wonder if the men who captured them can even be real men, for the obscene treatment they have received. They feel that they can never speak again, nor walk, after their experience. They wonder if...

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