Winter 1996 • Vol. XVIII No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 1996 |

The Marriage Furies

  Randall Whyte's great granddad, a purebred Scotsman, sent his only son Zachary to Barbados   to manage a great sugar plantation, subsequently appointing his two Scots cousins         overseers     to a trio of lesser plantation estates    in Grenada. The lax cousins,      refusing to become ex-pats, put in      as residency one summer month    plus a scant four weeks      spread over the year—then trusting    a broad succession    of local hirelings to stand in      for them. … Year after year, the Grenada       sugar tracts fell       in yield, for lack of hands-on       caretaking by the absentee landlord    kinsfolk, while those Barbados sugar crops greatly thrived,     setting annual records for yield and export sales,    owing to the steadfast labors            of son Zack, who,    

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Laurence Lieberman's recent books include Flight from the Mother Stone (University of Arkansas Press, 2000), The Regatta in the Skies: Selected Long Poems (University of Georgia Press, 1999), Compass of the Dying (University of Arkansas Press, 1998) and Beyond the Muse of Memory: Essays on Contemporary American Poets (University of Missouri Press, 1995).

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