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Fall 2019

Allies

This arts issue explores trust, bridge-building, difference, and betrayal, drawing on the prophetic power of the imagination to conjure both the dangers and possibilities of alliances.

FICTION

Fiction

Two

Two orphans, who believe they are too old to ever be adopted, get a surprise chance. Translated from the Hebrew by Yaron RegevShort Story
Sagit Emet
Fiction

In a pre-Giuliani New York where pornographic theaters create communities of dissimilar people, a young blue-collar worker and a homeless ex-con forge a connection through their shared enjoyment of public sex. Short Story

Samuel R. Delany
Fiction

A man seeks intimacy during a time of crisis. 

Samuel R. Delany
Fiction

When bees around the world exhibit a frightening new behavior, a researcher takes comfort in a familiar hive. Short Story

JR Fenn
Fiction
Winner of the Fall 2019 Aura Estrada Short Story Contest.
Sabrina Helen Li
Fiction
“Pinch off fist-sized balls and roll these into flat circles. Circles you turned in the morning of the coup.” Short Story
Noel Cheruto
Fiction
“He’s just a kid. Why are you putting a kid in handcuffs? This feels like profiling. Isn’t that what this is called?”
Tananarive Due

POETRY

Poetry
Christopher Kempf
Poetry
Meredith Stricker
Poetry
Sarah Vap
Poetry

Hazem Fahmy was a finalist for the 2019 Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest and this poem appeared in our arts anthology Allies.

Hazem Fahmy
Poetry

Winner of the 2019 Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest

Hua Xi
Rachel Levitsky & Suzanne Goldenberg

Against Travel: A Collaboration

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Amy Sara Carroll

Activation Instructions

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Khaled Mattawa

‘Alams from the Black Horse Prison, Tripoli, Circa 1981

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Poetry
Tess Liem

ETC.

Fiction

In a wrenching dialogue, a man searches for human connection, even as he recalls childhood abuse. Translated from the French by Amanda DeMarco.

Abdellah Taïa

A personal meditation on trauma, loneliness, and the paradox that gay community is often both life-giving and terribly disappointing.

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

How the idea become central to present-day coalition building.

Micki McElya
Allies can be powerful aides to social justice movements—but it is their responsibility to make sure they don’t become a distraction from the cause.
Rigoberto González

A historian and rapper reflect on their shared activism and the place they see for allies in the long struggle for racial justice.

Walter Johnson, Tef Poe, Mordecai Lyon

When Celes Tisdale led poetry workshops at Attica State Prison, soon after the 1971 uprising, some of the prisoners were still recovering from gunshots.

Mark Nowak
Robin D. G. Kelley talks with musician Vijay Iyer about systems of oppression, the responsibility of artists, and how jazz sells proximity to blackness to white people.
Robin D. G. Kelley, Vijay Iyer
Roderick Ferguson

“We Cannot Be the Same After the Siege”

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