Convergence

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: Virgie Ezelle Patton, Three Sisters: Shelly, Jennifer, Julie, (1990s), Oil on Canvas, 44 x 52, Courtesy of the Ezelle-Patton Family Collection
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 1-2

Arts Now

Before we begin, a few things should be said: the A-Line offers itself to public scrutiny as a journal of progressive thought; after publishing four issues of the journal that focus on the enormous political crisis that confronts the United States and its citizens—the veritable inspiration for our creating the […]

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
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Black Feminist Regard – as Ethics, as Aesthetics

A preoccupation, if not obsession, that guides my work is how to define black feminism, how to stretch it to reach and to suit black women everywhere, how to evacuate it of unnecessarily prescriptive dogma, how to characterize its ethical commitments, how to theorize the shapes it gives to black […]

Image Credit: Arthur Jafa, Omega Sci Fi, 2014, Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome
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a prefatory note

The truth to which criticism has access fades to blur and we’re sorry for its reckless scrutiny. But the study that soils transparency, in the rightful belief that it reveals an opacity that’s always there, need offer no apology to James Baldwin since it’s he who teaches us to look […]

Image Credit: Titus Kaphar, Behind the Myth of Benevolence, 2014, oil on canvas, 59 x 34.25 x 7 inches
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evolution

I’m speaking with a white friend about white people speaking among themselves about their racism. It doesn’t happen, she tells me. Nonetheless, she believes, probably we believe, that’s how whites would learn to build stamina regarding their collusion with structural racism. The least of it is the daily infractions they […]

Image Credit: Felandus Thames, Hottentot Marilyn, 2009 - 2017, Acrylic, enamel and oil on canvas over panel, 48" x  48" x 3"
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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
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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
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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
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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 […]