The Route: Salem Jail to Gallows Hill, After Mary Towne Estey, 1634–1692
James R. Scrimgeour
This fast-moving, insightful poem retraces the path of the wrongfully condemned, yet prophetically forgiving, Mary Towne Estey across the city of Salem, from prison to the place of her execution in June 1692. Author James R. Scrimgeour, a direct descendant not only of Estey but also of juror Thomas Perkins, walks through Salem 300 years later, hearing echoes and seeing reminders that reflect on American life then and now. The 32-page booklet includes a bonus poem, “Judge Corwin’s House,” which offers a poignant, insightful tour of the judge’s residence, also known as “The Witch House,” a Salem tourist landmark. A two-page map shows the route through today’s Salem.
Scrimgeour, who holds a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts and is author of a critical biography of Irish dramatist Sean O’Casey, is poet laureate of New Milford, Connecticut, and Professor Emeritus at Western Connecticut State University. He is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently Voices of Dogtown: Poems Arising Out of a Ghost Town Landscape (Loom Press, 2019), which was designated a “must read” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.
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