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Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze (1956-2021)

Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze died on August 4, 2021. Her work as a dub poet and great performer is legendary. Less so (though no less deserving) is her turn in her later writing to a number of narrative, lyrical poems that celebrated what she called “the simple things of life.” Unabashedly …

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Radicle: An Interview with Fred D’Aguiar

Fred D’Aguiar is a celebrated British-Guyanese poet, prose writer, playwright, Professor of English, and Creative Writing Program Director at UCLA whose career has spanned 35 years. D’Aguiar’s many accolades include earning a Guyana Prize for Literature and being shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial …

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Radicle: An Interview with Kerri Arsenault

The impetus for creation is often thought to be love: divine love, parental love, the blessings of cheerful muses. However, love, in all its squidgy warmth, was not the radicle of Kerri Arsenault’s premier book, Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains. Arsenault grew up in rural Mexico, Maine in the …

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Radicle: An Interview with Hala Alyan

The radicle of Hala Alyan’s writing career sprouted in the sixth grade, after the first full book she ever read. In this interview, Hala and I explore this genesis and discuss the various roots and branches her writing has developed since. It includes four award-winning poetry collections and two stunning …

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The wrinkled dome which houses this land is a lithograph. Lightning splinters it. A reproach. Two years and a day after we recited cities, I watch you leave with her, the carnival-haired lovely, with her 20­20 vision and deliciously filthy mouth, and my chest is a torrent of mint leaves. …

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