Sleep Song, The Poetic Epilogue to War, Cancelled

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Sleep Song, the third installment of Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd’s poetic performances that showcase stories about soldiers of color in wars, had its Harlem Stage show cancelled because its Iraqi performers were denied visas.

At Colorlines, Seth Freed Wessler discusses the show and how “navigating the space of war does not end when war ends. And for soldiers of color especially, when fighting for a country that tortures people of color abroad, coming home does not mean a lifting of the lingering weight of war. The fact of racial divide accumulates upon it.”


Julie Morse lives in San Francisco and is a poetry teacher. She can be found @JulieMorse16 . More from this author →