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Joe Cottonwood | Southern Exposure, 1968, and more

Southern Exposure, 1968 I know the South, warn her but she wants to see Mardi Gras and I love her madly. Jackson, Mississippi, has colored restrooms unmarked because illegal, watched by a rooster man, cap of orange, neck of red shouting, poking fingers in my chest scared by my beard, her beads. She pulls me back on the bus. Peace, she says. Peace. Which saves a lot of grief. Beyond […]

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Beate Sigriddaughter | The white baby

It was 1979 and in a nearby village one black woman could not contain her surprise that a white baby came out exactly the way that her own had come out, so perfectly have minds created difference.   Beate Sigriddaughter lives and writes in New Mexico, USA, the Land of Enchantment. Her work has received several Pushcart Prize nominations and poetry awards. In 2018 FutureCycle Press will publish her poetry collection […]

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Katherine Morgan | Post Cards at the New York Historical Society

Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America I am in the room with these black and white picture post cards – made to share the lynching with faraway friends or keep as a souvenir – sell to a collector to frame and hang and I am in the room, my heart beats in my throat – each photo depicts a new corpse – burned first, whipped first, naked, handcuffed. I want […]

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Sarah Ghoshal | The shooting of a tired engineer

For Srinivas Kuchibhotla, from India, who was shot in a bar by a man who yelled, ‘Get out of my country!’ before killing Kuchibhotla and injuring two others. We are not separate. We move in our world as partners, aware only of our skin when it creeps over itself and around the corner of tiny minds, looks in kind, lonely bars in houses far from the city center, winter in […]

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