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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: 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 […]

Image Credit:Nanette Carter, Cantilevered #40 (Teetering),2018, oils on Mylar, 1' x 1' 9.75", Courtesy of the artist
Arts & Culture / International / Politics / The Reading Room / Vol. 2 No. 1-2

Jeff Nuttall’s Bomb Culture Revisited: Art, Politics, and the Underground 1

Jeff Nuttall (1933-2004) was a British artist, poet, critic, actor, and musician. The author of almost forty books, Nuttall was involved in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) from the late 1950s, and then played a major role in the British counter-cultural scene. During the 1960s, Nuttall edited My Own […]

“Who Feels It Knows It”: The Windrush Scandal
International / Politics / Short Stop / Vol. 1 No. 3-4

“Who Feels It Knows It”: The Windrush Scandal

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the SS Windrush on 22 June 1948 at Tilbury Docks, just outside London, with 492 West Indian ex-service personnel who had fought alongside British forces during the Second World War. Their arrival signaled the beginning of postwar Caribbean migration of […]

Redeeming Royalty
International / Politics / Short Stop / Vol. 1 No. 3-4

Redeeming Royalty

The recent union of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle served as a reminder of a much more long-standing union between theology and politics. As an originary power couple in the history of the West, theology and politics pervaded the spectacle of the royal wedding, illustrating just how much they retain […]

Some Thoughts on Citizenship and Poetics
Arts & Culture / International / Politics / The Reading Room / Vol. 1 No. 2

Some Thoughts on Citizenship and Poetics

As a poet and essayist, I think of poetry as creative heuristics, a means to investigate the world and experience through language, community, identity and politics. In poetry, writer and reader engage the contents of our categorical thinking, formally and informally (in custom and usage), as well as the limits, […]

Passport to Freedom
Convergence / International / Politics / Vol. 1 No. 1

Passport to Freedom

The signature page of my passport instructs the bearer—in all caps—to “See p. 27.” Reissued in 2014, my copy of this inestimable document, snugly fit in its leather case, edged at two corners in gold metal, rode my left hip for all of three years, when, one fine day, not […]

Fabulous Freedom and the Needful Now
Convergence / International / Politics / Vol. 1 No. 1

Fabulous Freedom and the Needful Now

Humans live by and through stories, those told to them and those they tell themselves and others. As one such type of story, the fable is of particular importance in shaping consciousness insofar as its intent is to impart moral guidance for living in the world, often conveyed into the […]