Politics

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 […]

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 […]

Image Credit: Charles Frederick, Una Noche del SIDA, 2018, Courtesy of the artist
Arts & Culture / Health / Politics / The Reading Room / Vol. 2 No. 1-2

Last Night While I was Dreaming

last night while I was dreaming                 two of my dearest friends (old loves) visited me (needing a place to stay they said         as had once always been so)                       […]

Image Credit: Aaron Gilbert, How A Man Gets A Woman Back, (2016), oil and polaroid photo on panel, 14" x 17.5"
Dispatches / Health / Politics / Short Stop

The Myth of Sexual Violence as Only a Crime Against Women

In our national discussions about sexual assault and sexism that swirled around the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, we veered toward the historical view of sexual assault as a gendered crime. Men played a variety of roles in this national drama—as perpetrators of sexual violence, as raging patriarchs who have been angered […]

The Present Order: A Note
Convergence / Politics / Vol. 1 No. 3-4

The Present Order: A Note

It is safe to say that we have rounded a bend. And by “we” I have in mind, simultaneously, that enduring plea and effort contained in something dubbed a nation, a country, or, not so lately now, a republic; and, a specific and newly energized segment of U.S. civilization. Ten […]

Ballot Box Terror and The Impossibility of the Black Vote
Convergence / Politics / Vol. 1 No. 3-4

Ballot Box Terror and The Impossibility of the Black Vote

The slave, the nigger, the Negro, the Colored, the Afro-American, the African American, the Black does not and has never had the right to vote. To riff off of Calvin Warren’s assertion, “the figure [of the free Black] does not exist. It is impossible for any Black to be free […]

California, the Beautiful, Or, Why the Killing and Incarceration of African Americans Won’t Budge the Ballot
Convergence / Politics / Vol. 1 No. 3-4

California, the Beautiful, Or, Why the Killing and Incarceration of African Americans Won’t Budge the Ballot

Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd; Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, I don’t care if I never get back. Let me root, root, root for the home team, If they don’t win, it’s a shame. For it’s one, two, three strikes, […]

Remembering Sally Hemmings. November 5, 2008.
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Politics / Vol. 1 No. 3-4

Remembering Sally Hemmings. November 5, 2008.

Remembering Sally Hemings* On November 5, 2008 Whose silken fetters all the senses bind And soft captivity involves the mind. Imagination! Who can sing thy force? (Phillis Wheatley. On Imagination.) Sally Hemings Albemarle County, Virginia Dear Miss Phillis Wheatley, Or would you prefer Mrs. Phillis Peters? A name contains so […]