Vol. 2 No. 3

Image Credit: Susan Bee, Jacob's Ladder, (2019, 24" x 18", oil and enamel on linen). Courtesy of the artist.
Convergence / Health / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

Heard Immunity

Sometimes as I wander loose among pangs and pongs of unsolicited remorse, I cast aside the bromides that shield my thoughts from a disease I fear I cannot shake casting stones across the waters of my losses as one drowning imagines shore.

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: Gopal Dagnogo, Nymph without Satyr. (2014). Courtesy of the artist
Arts & Culture / Dispatches / Vol. 2 No. 3

For Little Richard

For those who can’t get with or interpret certain codes, in general or specifically, black folk/culture under segregation didn’t always contain or restrain in the manner/matters classified. I would, in fact, argue that the place inside the inside considered outside, was not, in many communities and places, as binary as […]

Image Credit: Nicole Peyrafitte, KA Cardinal (2020). Courtesy of the artist.
Arts & Culture / Vol. 2 No. 3

RED RAT

I, the red metal rat practice balance on breaking news & extended edges, apprehend time & trust creative uncertainties. In the man-made present red rat must reclaim her temporalities. In the thriving ruins the mycorrhizal symbioses are forcing stories in disturbance & contamination— are we still longing for salvation? Red […]

Image Credit: Todd Stong, Fire (2), (2018), etching ink on paper, monoprint, 24x18". Courtesy of the artist.
Arts & Culture / Health / Vol. 2 No. 3

Earth Wings

I wanted to see you one last time (more)/ before I left and you/ needed to see me with my/ wings open (a nomad’s tent on my back)/ unfurled rising and the sight of them/ hurting you with fear overwhelming on my shoulders constellations of more colors than you had […]