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Posts Tagged: police violence

Revisiting and Reinventing the Body: A Conversation with Destiny O. Birdsong

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Destiny O. Birdsong discusses her debut poetry collection, NEGOTIATIONS.

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Black Kids in Space: Afrofuturism and Mainstream Comedy

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We have to lead with our imagination, not with preconceived limitations.

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Racism Is a Reboot: Binging Battlestar Galactica at the End of a World

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It was a new world; it was the same world.

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From the Editors: Election 2020

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Rumpus editors share their thoughts, fears, and concerns around the impending election.

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The World Is on Fire: Living Weapon by Rowan Ricardo Phillips

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A democratic art, the poet says, will take us through. Come November, vote.

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Reclaiming History from the Bigots: Jill Lepore’s This America

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History itself is not so conveniently tidy, and neither is this book.

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A Poetic Smorgasbord: A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt

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Each sentence is calculated; each word explodes.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #226: Benjamin Nugent

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“I’m interested in beautiful events that are wrong.”

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Heather McHugh

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Heather McHugh discusses her new poetry collection, MUDDY MATTERHORN.

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Arrest Record

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A Black boy, no matter how young, was not a child. He was a future criminal.

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The Blacker the Berry, the Quicker They Shoot

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Fear is real. Pain is real. Loss is real. Suffering is real.

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Stay Free: Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

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Cha constructs a Los Angeles sharply different from most representations of the city.

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Turning and Turning: Jericho Brown’s The Tradition

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[T]his is a book in direct conversation with literary tradition.

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Racism’s Shadow: A Conversation with Maurice Carlos Ruffin

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Maurice Carlos Ruffin discusses his debut novel, WE CAST A SHADOW.

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Blind Hunger, Black Bodies, and Radiohead’s In Rainbows

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I’ve seen it coming. This is where it passes through.

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Look at How the Bullets Have Missed

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I praise everyone I can still touch, their warmth a violent protest against the cold weapons of death.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Justin Phillip Reed

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Justin Phillip Reed on his debut collection, Indecency, why he loves struggling with connotation, and the irresponsibility of American society.

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From the Editors: On Charlottesville and White Supremacy

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Rumpus editors share their thoughts on Charlottesville and white supremacy. When we have a platform to speak out against hatred and bigotry, we must use it to do so.

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There Is Simply No Time for This: Whose Streets? and Civil Rights Cinema

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It is unlikely I will see the US justice system evolve toward an egalitarian ideal in my lifetime. But Whose Streets? does offer a clearly visible North Star.

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David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: 21 Poems That Shaped America (Pt. 15): “Southern History”

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We can’t hide from our history and we can’t pass it on to future generations.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Nikki Wallschlaeger

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Nikki Wallschlaeger discusses her new collection Crawlspace, why she chose to work with the sonnet form, and how segregation in American never ended.

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On Grief and Inheritance: A Conversation with Brionne Janae

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The poet Brionne Janae discusses her debut poetry collection After Jubilee, intergenerational trauma, and writing her way into historical personae.

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VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Angie Thomas

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Angie Thomas discusses her debut novel, The Hate U Give, landing an agent on Twitter, and why she trusts teenagers more than the publishing industry.

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The Rumpus Saturday Essay: The Savage Mind, Pt. 3

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To deny violence is to do it. Our surprise at Sandy Hook and Cold Springs and Columbine is a form of violence in its own right.

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