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For the Man on His Knees at The Eagle

Francisco Márquez
Detail of flames. Joshua Newton
Poetry

Thirty-Six Silos

David Baker

Criticism

It Me

The trouble with memes
Marta Figlerowicz

Poetry

Closed For Good

Robert Frost
Interviews

The Poetry of Attention

The possibilities of perception
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge,
Lacey Jones
Portrait of Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge
Conversations

The Limits of Empathy

Two writers on the ethics of pen and paper
Namwali Serpell,
Maria Tumarkin
Photo of Namwali Serpell on left; photo of Maria Tumarkin on right

"In the end, what interests me is that I have the agency to accept the whole of the literary canon as 'mine'—even in instances when the language may exclude or harm me—and the freedom to choose the terms in which I participate and learn from any reading experience."

Illustrated portrait of Elif Batuman and Ama Codjoe

Elif Batuman, On when she stops reading

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Essays

The Hauntologies of Slavery

Finding history and meaning on a journey across the sea
Jonah Mixon-Webster
Pillars at National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery, Alabama
Poetry

Maps of States

Terrance Hayes

Essays

The Uses of Memory

Ecstasy in the midst of struggle
Roger Reeves

Fiction

Breathing Exercise

Raven Leilani
Essays

Unbothered

The grace of black nonchalance
Namwali Serpell
The activist Gloria Richardson walking past National Guardsmen during a civil rights march in Cambridge
Art

San Francisco, 1956

A photograph and its afterlife
Jim Lewis
Two Black Americans
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Portfolio

The Cultural Construction of Identity

Lorraine O’Grady

Portfolio

Exile and Memory

Reimagining Iran through 200-year-old portraits
Amak Mahmoodian

Portfolio

Photographing the George Floyd Protests

Alex Golshani
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Criticism

Ashbery’s Pastoral Art

Echoes of an older age
Giulio J. Pertile

Books

The Unthinkable

How do you put into words the boundless pain of losing a child?
David L. Ulin

Books

Speech Acts

Eunice de Souza, a post-Independence Indian poet, explores the glitches in poetic voicing
Vidyan Ravinthiran
Books

Incalculable Loss

How writing can help make sense of grief
Christopher Spaide
New York Times Cover reading "US Deaths near 100,000, an incalculable loss
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Poetry

Patronage

Solmaz Sharif
Shadowy white figure on a black ground. Detail from Jose Chavvary / Creative Commons.
Poetry

Summer Visitation

Eamon Grennan
Still from Meshes of the Afternoon, 1943. Woman looks out of a window.
Poetry

Mushmouf’s Maybe-Crown

Phillip B. Williams
Floral pattern.  Detail from Samuel Jesserun de Mesquita, Stylized Floral Pattern, ca. 1905. Courtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Essays

The Wild, Sublime Body

Learning how to be human
Melissa Febos
A woman at the beach with a watermelon
Poetry

In Those Years

Adrienne Rich
Antoine-François-Jean Claudet, “[Multiple Exposures of the Moon],” 1846-52. Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Poetry

Burning Leaves

Louise Glück
Frederic Edwin Church, Cloud Study, 1870–80. Courtesy Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York.