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March/April 2016

Black Lives Matter! Robin D. G. Kelley leads this issue's forum by suggesting that grassroots political education would strengthen the black student movement, while also questioning the movement's reliance on the language of personal trauma. Michael Eric Dyson, Randall L. Kennedy, Christopher Lebron, Aaron Bady, and others respond. Major Jackson offers a surreal, arresting take on police violence in his new poem, "Ferguson." Anne Fausto-Sterling notes how racist stereotypes are embedded in medical school curricula, and Peter James Hudson critiques recent books on slavery and capitalism for overlooking the vital contributions of radical black scholarship. Joy James reviews a long-lost nineteenth-century memoir that reveals the roots of black incarceration, and Carina del Valle Schorske notes the importance of the historical archive (or lack thereof) to black American poets. Plus, Sarah Hill offers a tribute to her teacher, Sidney Mintz, who made vital contributions to scholarship on the black Atlantic; Stephen Kinzer interviews Andrew J. Bacevich about how we will lose the war for control of the Greater Middle East; Jonathan Kirshner skewers Niall Ferguson's voluminous new book on Kissinger; and erica kaufman celebrates Eileen Myles's skill as a poet.

Editors’ Note

Deborah Chasman and Joshua Cohen
 

Foundations

In Memoriam: The Sweet Life of Sidney Mintz
Sarah Hill
 
Wonders: I Can't Breathe
Anne Fausto-Sterling
 

Fiction

A Modern Marriage
Grace Oluseyi
 

Books & Ideas

Matters of Choice
Andrew J. Bacevich interviewed by Stephen Kinzer
 
The Racist Dawn of Capitalism: New Books on the Economy of Bondage
Peter James Hudson
 
Machinations of Wicked Men: Niall Ferguson’s Kissinger, 1923–1968: The Idealist
Jonathan Kirshner

 

The Roots of Black Incarceration: Austin Reed’s The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict
Joy James
 
 

On Poetry

Poet’s Sampler

Lynne Procope introduced by Ross Gay
 

They Want that New New World: M. NourbeSe Philip’s She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks
Carina del Valle Schorske
 
The End of Gender: Eileen Myles’s I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975–2014 
erica kaufman

 

 
Microreviews of Heather Christle, Erika Jo Brown, and more.  
 

On Film

A Better Self: Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth (La giovinezza)
Alan A. Stone
 

Poems

Ferguson
Major Jackson
 
Ode to Long Johns and Elegy for Prison
Joshua Bennett
 
Predicament
Armando Jaramillo Garcia
 
Natural History
Camille T. Dungy
 
Cluster at Jawlight
Amy Newlove Schroeder
 
Von Freeman
John Koethe
 
 
 

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