Iman Mersal is the author of five books of poems and a collection of essays, How to Mend: Motherhood and Its Ghosts, which was published this year. (October 2019)

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The Slave Trade

            I went down the narrow passage, wide enough for one slave at a time, to the harbor.             An Englishman inspects the line of those leaving the fort—maybe he has unloaded his cargo of missionaries and guns and now …