The settlement of African peoples in Nova Scotia is a richly layered story encompassing many waves of settlement and diverse circumstances?from captives to ?freedom runners? who sailed north from the United States with hopes of establishing a new life. The poems in And I Alone Escaped to Tell You endeavour to give these historical events a human voice, blending documentary material, memory, experience and imagination to evoke the lives of these early Black Nova Scotians and of the generations that followed. This collection is a moving meditation on the place of African-descended people in the Canadian story and on the threads connecting all of us to the African diaspora.
Finalist for the 2015 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for Poetry.