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Rowan Ricardo Phillips by Gregory Pardlo
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From epics to lyrics, Rowan Ricardo Phillips considers poetry’s reckoning with history and how writing will reflect our current crisis for future generations.

Rowan Ricardo Phillips by Gregory Pardlo
Rowan Ricardo Phillips spread from BOMB Magazine 152

From epics to lyrics, Rowan Ricardo Phillips considers poetry’s reckoning with history and how writing will reflect our current crisis for future generations.

Terms of Exchange: Caroline Bergvall Interviewed by Greg Nissan
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The writer on using Chaucer’s Middle English to channel transgressive figures, rethink gender, and experience the pleasures of language.

Fiction as Revelation: Chigozie Obioma Interviewed by Xavier Navarro Aquino
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The Man Booker finalist on telling a story from the perspective of a spirit and writing to expose historical truths.

The Misadventures of Nuns by Tobias Carroll
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On Sylvia Townsend Warner’s The Corner That Held Them, a witty and subversive novel about life in a fourteenth century convent.

Multiply the Gaze: Karthika Naïr Interviewed by Bibi Deitz
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The poet on her reimagined version of Vyasa’s Mahabharata and the human cost of war.

Interrogating the Past: Sonya Clark Interviewed by Scott Turri
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The unraveling and retelling of history.

The Story of Our Lives Do Not Have Faces: Sally Wen Mao Interviewed by Anne Anlin Cheng
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The poet on her new collection and how a person lost to history can survive in the imaginary possibilities of art.

One Poem by Mike Lala
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Out, like fireflies, from the inter-dimensional, / silver disks at edge of picture hover over Hillary / with swaddled child, John Podesta counterpose beside her, / in a painting I’d like to paint, had I been a painter, / trading in detail from the too-smooth desert

Two Poems by Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer
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All monuments commemorate the same / falsehood The gilt is genuine and we feel it right / at the surface of our discontent / Anger like so many lustrous mounts softens / in the rain  And stallions and generals must periodically be / re-gilded      recommitted to    as if / as an abiding law of man / Though    if we are honest    it is the law that fails us / along with what we can abide 

Digging Our Way Through the Data Midden: On Ed Sanders’s Investigative Poetry and Broken Glory: The Final Years of Robert F. Kennedy by Ammiel Alcalay
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The citizen investigator as poet.

We Still Have Survivors With Us: Rebecca Makkai Interviewed by Nicolaia Rips
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The novelist on the enduring AIDS crisis, the resonance of the Lost Generation, and writing her way around questions.

From This Side and from That Side by Gabriela Wiener
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We are street people. Nomadic by nature. We are the grandchildren of poor, adventurous strangers. Our living radicalizes their legacy.

Narrative Gravity: Mikkel Rosengaard Interviewed by Raluca Albu
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The Invention of Ana novelist on the manipulations of narrative, being submerged by fiction, and the protagonist as STD.

Portfolio by Ville Kumpulainen
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Ville Kumpulainen is a photographer living and working in Helsinki, Finland. In his new book, Out of Sight (Hatje Cantz, 2017), Kumpulainen manipulates archival images to solidify the tenuous connection between present and past, attempting to fill the gaps left between himself and his history.

Mala Tierra: Lucrecia Martel Interviewed by Steve Macfarlane
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The Argentine filmmaker on colonialism, recreating history, and Zama.

Two Sunsets by Adam Golfer
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A film investigating memory and history, premiering exclusively on BOMB, with a brief interview by Alex Zafiris.

Hank Willis Thomas and Kambui Olujimi
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From Super PAC to supernova, two artists view photographs through the lens of time, and time through the lens of colonialism.

Two Poems by Matthew Gavin Frank
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Broken, the madrilenial butterfly finally suckles / from the dime blood at the ankle of the tube sock.

A Brief History of Feeling by Jacquelyn Ross
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500 billion years ago—the dark touches itself in the dark and experiences something like ecstasy. Except that ecstasy isn’t a feeling yet—the sensation is just kind of sharp and warm. Afterwards, the dark feels happy and breathless. Afterwards, the dark feels lonely.

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins by Hilton Als​
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The playwright discusses his formative years, rejuvenation of historical material, and how race is coded into theatergoing itself.

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