In the Fall of 2012, Professor Nadine Meyer brought her students from ENG 302 The Writing of Poetry: New Poems, New Poets to Special Collections, Musselman Library, to view some primary source collections and exhibits.
Sophia Reid, Class of 2014, was drawn to the exhibit Slaves, Soldiers, Citizens: African American Artifacts of the Civil War Era. The plantation era objects she witnessed were on loan to Special Collections from the private collection of Angelo Scarlato.
This poem, Auctioned, is about slaves who were severely punished simply because of their skin tone. The setting of the poem is in the early 1800s. This poem vividly describes the hanging, whipping, and shooting of slaves.