Politics

Image Credit: Nicole Peyrafitte, KA Kingston (2019). Courtesy of the artist.
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Health / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

from: DIARY NOTES MARCH-MAY 2020

[….] A Shelter Is Not Necessarily An Island as title for something cogent right now comes to mind & brings to mind Eric Mottram’s 1971 book                         Shelter Island & The Remaining World             […]

Image Credit: Nicole Peyrafitte, KA Kingston JaunedOeuf (2020). Courtesy of the artist.
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Health / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

eye to the eye of the storm
a selection

unbearable witness i do not want to write these words_ escorted by flashing red and blue lights the long white truck an enormous hearse passes slowly down the street through the neighborhood no where to run or hide from its path the stare of its headlights a mark on each […]

Image Credit: Felandus Thames, Hottentot Marilyn in Blacklight. (2017),  47.75" x 48" x 4", Acrylic, enamel and glitter on canvas over panel. Courtesy of the artist.
Convergence / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

Mystic Speech in the Time of Catastrophe

Which modes of speaking, writing, and knowing resound more intimately and powerfully in times of catastrophe? From millenarian prophecy to elegy, one might imagine constructing something of a general typology of modes of speech that resonate around sites of the end. In what follows, I want to briefly dwell with […]

Image Credit: Torkwase Dyson, Plantationocene (Black Water 1919). Acrylic, graphite, string, wood, ink on canvas, (2019). Courtesy of the artist.
Convergence / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

Earth Interregnum

In the fall of 1926, Antonio Gramsci, the Sardinian journalist and agitator who had risen to lead the Italian Communist Party (PCI), was arrested by Mussolini’s Fascist government and charged on the pretext of violating the recently enacted “Exceptional Laws in Defense of the State.” He was sentenced to five […]

Image Credit: Gopal Donogo, Interior Chaos No. 1. (2015). Courtesy of the artist.
Arts & Culture / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

Cow Pastor: Song Lines of Memory

In or around 1995, the Barbadian poet Kamau Brathwaite (1930-2020) bought a property, which included a three bedroom dwelling, in Christ Church, Barbados, in the vicinity of the international airport. Brathwaite referred to this property as Cow Pastor or Cow Pasture. Shortly after purchase, the Barbadian government informed him he […]

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
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 1-2

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
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 1-2

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
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 1-2

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: 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 […]