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37 Bagamoyo Tiel Aisha Ansari Bagamoyo is the name of a city on the coast of East Africa that was a major departure point for the slave trade. The meaning is “here I lay down my heart.” Here is the stone I dreamed full of voices echoing the clink of chains in a ship's hold stinking of sweat that dried without seeing daylight. Here is the stone that listened where no ear of flesh would hear the captive's cry, the driven slave, stone that captured the crack of the foreman's whip. Here is the stone I dreamed dancing to no drum. Here is the great heavy stone that sat in the center of the slave mart, round rock crowned with rusty rings and broken links. Here is the auctioneer's altar, the seat of barter, the seal of sale, the coast where ships waited, holds hungry for human cargo. Here is the stone where they laid down their hearts. Their voices fill my dreams. ...

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ISBN
9780797496989
Related ISBN
9780797486164
MARC Record
OCLC
1056749179
Pages
300
Launched on MUSE
2018-10-14
Language
English
Open Access
No
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