Arts Now Image Credit: Virgie Ezelle Patton, Three Sisters: Shelly, Jennifer, Julie, (1990s), Oil on Canvas, 44 x 52, Courtesy of the Ezelle-Patton Family Collection
Black Feminist Regard – as Ethics, as Aesthetics Image Credit: Alexandria Smith, portrait of a Love Supreme,2018, graphite, acrylic, oil and enamel on canvas, 21 x 32 in. / 1.75 x 2.6 ft., Courtesy of the artist
a prefatory note Image Credit: Arthur Jafa, Omega Sci Fi, 2014, Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome
evolution Image Credit: Titus Kaphar, Behind the Myth of Benevolence, 2014, oil on canvas, 59 x 34.25 x 7 inches

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Convergence / Vol. 2 No. 1-2

Convergence 4: The Arts in the 21st Century

the A-Line editors are excited to present this double issue of the journal devoted to the arts. The double issue gives us the opportunity to elaborate the aims of the journal in supplementary fashion by aligning aesthetic concerns with political commitment, which in times of crisis are never very far […]

Image Credit: Felandus Thames, Hottentot Marilyn, 2009 - 2017, Acrylic, enamel and oil on canvas over panel, 48" x  48" x 3"
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Vol. 2 No. 1-2

Not Even Anywhere Place

Jericho first met Jablesse where all gay men meet–behind the parish church, in the shadows cast by thorned silk-cotton trees, until the shadows are layered, and thickest. When he arrived, Jablesse was drowning in tall grass, only his shoulders and head were visible above the green–he turned to stare, not in the once-up-and-down, which saw and […]

Image Credit: Gopal Dagnogo, An empty chair, 2016, 150 x 150cm, Courtesy of the artist
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 1-2

la independencia de puerto rico

la independencia
(de puerto rico)
entré en un gran terror redondo, tierno y final.
era todos los que amé y se me fueron.
era mi soledad y su repetición.
era la crueldad potente a media asta.
entré a una torre horizontal […]

Image Credit: Virgie Ezelle Patton, Black 'm-Oceans: Mourning Day & Night, (1985-2012), Oil on Canvas, 72 x 48, Courtesy Ezelle-Patton Family Collection
Arts & Culture / Convergence / International / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 1-2

Black Apocalypse, Tonight at Noon

Recalling his first encounter with Martinican poet Aimé Césaire’s writing in 1941, André Breton observed that “what was said there was what had to be said,” thus placing under the sign of necessity the audacity and expressive freedom he perceived in that work. Breton quoted Césaire’s declaration, “We belong to […]

Image Credit: Franciso Goya, The sleep of reason produces monsters (No. 43), from Los Caprichos, 1799
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 1-2

Re-Punctuating Amiri Baraka and W.E.B. DuBois with Francisco de Honoré Goya

You see, when you are talking, you always have to know when to stop.
-Jacques Lacan, “My Teaching, Its Nature and Its Ends”
But someone else/ b exactly/ who you are/ new
-Amiri Baraka […]

Image Credit: Sheila Anozier, Zabeth, (2013), Acrylic on canvas, 10 x 20 inches, Courtesy of the artist
Arts & Culture / Convergence / International / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 1-2

for Meena by the sea

in the morning too late too soon moon on the western horizon opal slipped over night pearl, mollusk, sunstone tear in a sea of sky after a day of last minute cooking shows visiting a dear older friend receiving but not right now says the nurse and “maybe he won’t […]

Arthur Jafa, Ms Hill_Lagos, C-print, printed 2018 (2015). Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Vol. 2 No. 1-2

There She Was

“one new york critic had accused me of being too self-conscious of being a writer / … yes / being an afro-american writer is something to be self-conscious abt” — Ntozake Shange, “my pen is a machete” I don’t remember when I first encountered Ntozake Shange’s work because it was […]

Image Credit: Sheila Anozier, Bousou in Black & White, (2019), Acrylic on paper, 12 x 18 inches, Courtesy of the artist
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Vol. 2 No. 1-2

The Skin of the Thing

The sea rivets memory Recalling boat names, ship titles Manifests- handwritten or typed. Holds forgetting: stowaways tossed Suicides unknown. Refugees’ fabrics, heirlooms, jewels removed. ————————————–   This human cargo Tongues in search of listening ears— The sea is here, the sea is there, the sea Flicks waves against a high cliff’s […]

Image Credit: Susan Bee, Votes for Women, 2018, 30" x 40", oil, enamel, sand, linen, Courtesy of the artist
Arts & Culture / The Reading Room / Vol. 2 No. 1-2

Poetic Citizenship and Negative Dialectics

Poetry is best that governs least. No it isn’t. Poetry and citizenship are inconsolably incommensurable, conjoined at the heart but beating time to different drummers. From time to time. Aesthetic justice is symbolic and dwells next to, not in, the world of political action. Give me a break! The politics […]

Image Credit: Lois Mailou Jones, Paris Rooftops, Montmartre, 1965, Courtesy of the Lois Mailou Jones Pierre-Noel Trust
Arts & Culture / The Reading Room / Vol. 2 No. 1-2

Almost Another Spring: Elegy for Our Moment

“But God, such a long journey ahead for you and me”
~ Andre Brink
i
this is a hard poem to begin.
old hopes return just piece by serrated piece,
teeth of cut glass but making way for tears-
see how my finger tip is polished with water – […]