After Buying a Portrait of Robert E. Lee at Arlington House

Vol. 7, No. 4: Winter 2001

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After Buying a Portrait of Robert E. Lee at Arlington House

by V.J. Kopp
Southern Cultures, Vol. 7, No. 4: Winter 2001

"I realize now it was a trap, one he would have sensed in advance . . ."

Will she always be the uncivil servant to me,
That surly federal employee at the gift-shop register?
Gray-green as money, her eyes took a bead on me
Soon as I entered the slave-quarters-turned-souvenir shop.