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Still from the film Atlantics, 2019.

In the Atmosphere

In Mati Diop’s Atlantics, every breath takes in the evaporated substance of history
Lindsay Turner
June 1, 2020
Dandelion seeds attached to stem.

The Unthinkable

How do you put into words the boundless pain of losing a child?
David L. Ulin
June 1, 2020
Abstract geometric image.

Speech Acts

Eunice de Souza, a post-Independence Indian poet, explores the glitches in poetic voicing
Vidyan Ravinthiran
June 1, 2020
Red texture in cloth

Conspicuous Erudition

The new black poetry
Jerome Ellison Murphy
April 1, 2020
Painting of an abstract storm

Metafiction and #MeToo

A new way to write trauma
Maggie Doherty
April 1, 2020
Abstract ornamental pattern

On Long Poems

Four recent books make length a virtue
Stephanie Burt
April 1, 2020
Photo of Robert Lowell

The Dolphin Letters

Revisiting Robert Lowell’s infamous book
Dan Chiasson
January 1, 2020
Dark monsters

Styles of Radical Illness

Anne Boyer diagnoses the lies we still tell about cancer
Laura Kolbe
January 1, 2020
Two Black Americans

San Francisco, 1956

A photograph and its afterlife
Jim Lewis
January 1, 2020
Illustration with three black and white photos of men and a box holding a pasture with running horses

One Man’s Modernism

J. R. R. Tolkien
James Trilling
July 1, 2019