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Image Credit: Charles Frederick, Shawangunk Mushroom, (2013-2020). Courtesy of the artist.
Arts & Culture / Climate / Convergence / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 4

Climate Catastrophes

the roses too/ bloomed red that year/ at the wrong time/ (far too early)/ a warning/ (which once again we refused to heed)/ thus against the fields of white frost,/ they were as though stigmata/ (breaking a holy flesh)/ earth signs, bloodletting/ animals at night/ injuring one another/ (my father […]

Image Credit: Nicole Peyrafitte, Karastic Action, France, (2016). Courtesy of the artist.
Convergence / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 4

High Tide of Activism

Anyone who lives near a large body of water can appreciate the power and majesty of the tide. It ebbs and flows, a preternatural breathing that radically affects everything and everyone around it. We set our clocks to it. We structure our lives around it. Our security as well as […]

Image Credit: Bethany Collins, Too White To Be Black, (2014). Graphite, charcoal, and latex paint on Arches paper 29 × 41 in. © Bethany Collins, Courtesy of Patron Gallery, Chicago.
Arts & Culture / Politics / The Reading Room / Vol. 2 No. 4

Be (In) Water: A Note on the Black Otolith

The first time that I heard the word “otolith” was in a brief video from the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London. In it, their “curator of fish,” James Maclaine, demonstrated the new scanning technology that would allow him to examine the undigested stomach contents of the Museum’s rare, preserved […]

Image Credit: Yashua Klos, Mask (Non-Functional) with Pyramid Headdress, (2014). Paper construction of woodblock prints on archival paper 60" x 45". Courtesy of the artist.
Arts & Culture / Politics / The Reading Room / Vol. 2 No. 4

Cultural Memory and Public Space: Dispatches from Canada

As in the United States and England, statues have been toppled and street names debated in Canada. The statue of John A. Macdonald came down in Montreal on August 29, 2020. Ma(d)Donald you ask? Well, in this case, the first prime minister of Canada (1867–1873, 1878–1891), associated with completion of […]

Image Credit: Yashua Klos, God of The Ghetto, (2015). Paper construction of woodblock prints and graphite on archival paper — 35" x 45". Courtesy of the artist.
Arts & Culture / Politics / The Reading Room / Vol. 2 No. 4

Signifying Blackness

I remember reading Black feminist scholar Audre Lorde’s essay “Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference,” and I was captivated by her use of the capitalization of Black, Color/ed, Black women, Black lesbianism, and Black men throughout the essay, while at the same time demoting “white” and “america” to […]

Image Credit: Felandus Thames, A Mother, A Daughter, and Mother-in-law. (2018) 24"x 39" x 1", Hairbeads on coated wire. Courtesy of the artist.
Business / Convergence / Health / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

Apocalypse Now and Then

For the many thousands gone and Cheryl Wall in particular When the editors concocted the thematic for this issue, we’d hoped that “Apocalypse Now and Then” would do more than corner an unmistakable allusion to the title of the 1979 film addressed to the ravages of the Vietnam War and […]

Image Credit: Chester Higgins, State of Affairs, 2020. © Chester Higgins Archives. Courtesy of the artist.
Convergence / Health / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

“For all the tea in China, all the oil in Texas”

The American experiment is imperiled again. The danger that has haunted the republic since its founding has been left unattended for too long and is newly, predictably spilling over. The question remains whether or not the co-citizens of this nation are prepared to respond honestly to what they already know […]

Image Credit: Sheena Rose, Grawlix, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.
Convergence / Health / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

Horseman No. 5

Something that hasn’t been adequately discussed about Marx’s Capital is the extent to which Marx is fascinated by capitalism’s mechanisms, precisely because the system is demented, yet works very well at the same time. —Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, “A Very Special Delirium”1 The current pandemic arrogates to itself the […]

Image Credit: Romare Bearden, Morning of the Rooster. (1980), Lithograph, ART©Romare Bearden Foundation. Courtesy of the Romare Bearden Foundation.
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Health / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

Dawn of Darkness 1

I know, I know, It threatens the common gestures of human bonding The handshake, The hug The shoulders we give each other to cry on The Neighborliness we take for granted So much that we often beat our breasts Crowing about rugged individualism, Disdaining nature, pissing poison on it even, […]

Image Credit: Duron Jackson, Bone Crusade. (2025). Courtesy of the artist.
Convergence / Health / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

The Interlude

Until last week’s uprising, the quarantine had felt like living in an interlude, a present haunted by the potentiality of what seemed to be surely to come. Such interludes comprise the texture of living haunted by the imminent possibility of violence manifesting as confrontation or preventable death. Paraphrasing Zora Neale […]