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Valencia Robin is a poet, painter, and art administrator. Her debut poetry collection, Ridiculous Light, is the winner of Persea Books’ Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry, a finalist for the 2020 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and was named one of the best poetry books of 2019 by Library Journal.
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But I do miss the hymns, / the small, hard apples with their dimpled skin. I do miss / things.
The vast hinterlands of the Global South’s cities are generating new solidarities and ideas of what counts as a life worth living.
Protests in China are shining a light not only on the country’s draconian population management but restrictions on workers everywhere.