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Myanmar Military in Pursuit of Poetry

Phyllis Klein New Verse News
As the generals imprison over 30 poets, California poet Phyllis Klein attacks the killers of poetry in Myanmar, the futility of trying to erase words with bullets.

Women’s Political Activism in Palestine

Mark Griffiths LSE Review of Books
A deep look at how Palestinian women have practiced creative and often informal forms of everyday political activism and resistance. The reviewer considers the book among the finest social scientific works on contemporary Palestine in recent years.

Black Communities Have Always Used Food as Protest

Amethyst Ganaway Food & Wine
Beginning with the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Black people in America have used food as a means of resistance, rebellion, and revolution as well as maintaining a closeness with one another through the meals they ate.

Poem with an Ear Pressed to the Ground

Kindra McDonald Rattle
“So much of this last year has been about breath and breathing,” writes the poet Kindra McDonald, referring to respirators and the words “I can’t breathe.”

The Railway: An Adventure in Construction

Dragan Plavšić Counterfire
E. P. Thompson a leader among British youth in constructing a Yugoslav railway in 1947. The reviewer faults the book, for boosting the communist regime while exaggerating the role played by the nation’s workers, even as he lauds Thompson’s later work

After Homosexuality

Kate Redburn Dissent
This book is "an ambitious retelling of the history of capitalism through the politics of gay sex, arrives just in time to help dissuade us of the idea that we have reached the end of gay history."