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Front Cover by Toyin Ojih Odutola. What Her Daughter Sees, 2018. PASTEL, CHARCOAL, AND PENCIL ON PAPER. © Toyin Ojih Odutola.
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

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Introduction

AT TIMES DESPAIR is hard to resist. Last semester, for instance, at the very moment when my students were reading Nunca más—the report by the Argentine national commission on the disappeared—along with testimonials about the war crimes committed by the military dictatorship, the citizens of Brazil elected a new president who describes the two decades of similar rule in his country as “glorious.” What’s past is prologue, indeed. In this country, as I write these lines, the Bolsonaro rhetoric of violence, racism, and fear is being offered as justification for a government shutdown, as if political debate, democratic power-sharing, and international law were simply obstacles to circumvent, not categorical imperatives. And, even worse, an elected member of the U.S. Congress has asked, in an interview with the New York Times, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization—how did that language become offensive?...

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Beyond the Point

by Caio Fernando Abreu, translated by Bruna Dantas Lobato

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Broadsides

2019 Winner of the Anne Halley Poery Prize

- By Emily Wojcik

The 2019 winner of the Anne Halley Poetry Prize is Amit Majmudar for his poem, "Invasive Species," published in Volume 59, Issue 4.

Join us for a celebratory reading at Amherst Books on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Amit Majmudar's next books are Soar: A Novel and Kill List: Poems. His most recent book is Godsong: A Verse Translation of the Bhagavad-Gita, with Commentary. He has served as Ohio's first Poet Laureate and works as a diagnostic nuclear radiologist in Westerville, OH, where he lives with his wife and three...


10 Questions

8 Questions for Jia Sung

- By Emily Wojcik

Tell us about one of the first pieces you created.
As a child I loved making drawings of foxes and animals. We had this series of nonfiction books for kids, Eyewitness Books, and I would sit down and copy the art in them.

What artist(s) or works have influenced the way you work now?
Some of my favorite artists right now are Maria Berrio, Belkis Ayón, Catalina Ouyang. Many of my aesthetic references pull from Chinese ink painting and Japanese print traditions, medieval art, Himalayan religious art, Mughal miniatures… I love the use of flat space, the rich universe suggested in every composition.

What other professions have you worked in?
Publishing, education, artist assistant. Currently I am...


10 Questions

10 Questions for Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello

- By Abby MacGregor

He remembers having to kneel on a chair and brace
one hand against the kitchen table to steady himself,
the other dipping into the aquarium.
from “Opening the Palm”, Winter 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 4)
 

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
One of my earliest poems was about a dog named Bosco who visited residents in local nursing homes. I can still recall Bosco, with his golden fur and red-and-white bandana.

What writer(s) or works have influenced the way you write now?
There are too many to name. So much praise must go to the poets Ai, Aimee Nezhukumathil, Don Mee Choi, Sun Yung Shin, and E.J. Koh, in whose work I continue to recognize wild possibilities for poetry. Ron...


10 Questions

10 Questions for Raena Shirali

- By Abby MacGregor

               Up here, you’re just flecks
in the emerald. Which I’d never say
to hurt you. I’m saying a hundred bodies
running through a field chasing one
wind-whipped mustard sari—
—from “the mountains speak to the village”, Winter 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 4)

 

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
One of the oldest poems in GILT,The Downing,” comes from an undergraduate poetry course I took with the extraordinary poet and educator Emily Rosko. One of poem’s craft approaches is anaphora, a tool I...


10 Questions

10 Questions for W. Todd Kaneko

- By Abby MacGregor

I am afraid that all my ancestors
have gathered my words like birds

collect hair from the dead
for nesting, an abundance of silence,

whole spools of it ready to tether
me to the trees.
from “Minidoka Was a Concentration Camp in Idaho”, Winter 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 4)
 

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
I began writing as a fiction writer, so most of my early work is prose. I was infatuated with form and was always trying to write something that was formally adventurous. Like, I wrote a story in flash-forwards because I wanted to experiment with exposition and time. I wrote a story that spanned a whole decade because I wanted to play with lists and compression. Eventually, I...


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