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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Vaneesa Cook: Why divine immanence mattered for the Civil Rights struggle

Martin Luther King Jr knew he was risking his life. The US civil rights leader, who would be assassinated in 1968 while campaigning for equality, realised that his safety, and … Continue reading

April 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Terrance Hayes, “American Sonnets For My Past and Future Assassin”

Terrance Hayes discusses his poetry collection, American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin at Politics and Prose in Washington DC on 7/16/18. Written during the first two hundred days … Continue reading

February 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jason Brennan: When the state is unjust, citizens may use justifiable violence

If you see police choking someone to death – such as Eric Garner, the 43-year-old black horticulturalist wrestled down on the streets of New York City in 2014 – you … Continue reading

December 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kareem Tayyar: James Baldwin

I try to imagine you on a night when the moon is full. When the woman you are with did not have to leave the house before you. When the … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Billy Clem: As My Death Approaches

I am gravely ill. Medical tests indicate that my blood and many of my internal organs now fail to perform necessary functions. My body, enervated, starving, looks and feels terrible. … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · 20 Comments

Chris Hedges: Malcolm X Was Right About America

We are the nation Malcolm knew us to be. Human beings can be redeemed. Empires cannot. Malcolm X, unlike Martin Luther King Jr., did not believe America had a conscience. … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

Malcolm X: Make it plain

American Experience: PBS Documentary on the Life & death of the Hon. Malcolm X. (1994). “Here – at this final hour, in this quiet place – Harlem has come to … Continue reading

January 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dawn Potter: Hated by Literature

I was in my early teens when I met, for the first time, a book that didn’t like me. I’d read by this point plenty of books that I didn’t … Continue reading

January 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

David Ragland: Michael Brown’s America

I flew into St. Louis on Saturday, August 9, to celebrate the birthdays of my mother and nephew and immediately learned about Mike Brown, a soon-to-be college student who was … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

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