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Since Boston Review’s Arts in Society feature launched in 2019, the magazine has proudly published the voices of award-winning poets who have used verse to speak to the deep injustices of our time. Their unique visions have been recognized with numerous awards, from presses, journals, and the National Book Foundation.
In November, Boston Review contributor Don Mee Choi won the National Book Award for her collection DMZ Colony, and in December, recent contributor Destiny O. Birdsong’s debut, Negotiations: Poems was longlisted for the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. We are honored to celebrate emerging and established talent alike and are always on the hunt for new and bold voices.
And don’t forget that our 2021 contests close soon. If you need some creative inspiration, settle down with the award-winning poets featured below, who differ in their subject matter but unite in their masterful play with language and imagination.
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Draconian individual punishment distracts from systemic change and reinforces the cruelest and most racist system of incarceration on the planet.
Our well-being depends on a better understanding of how the logic of labor has twisted our relationship with pleasure.
“I was my father’s son. My father was Nai Nai’s least favorite.” A Taiwanese American man, driven from home by a secret, reevaluates his childhood memories of his grandmother.