We bear deep wounds, individually and collectively. All have been worsened by a period of destructive politics that left us ill-equipped to respond to a global health catastrophe. As we struggle to recover our footing and grieve our dead, we believe that the arts must have a voice in the conversation about how we heal.
This anthology draws together a wide range of artists and thinkers, established and emerging. In essays, memoir, poetry, fiction, and comics, contributors explore what it might look like to repair. Topics include the Salem witch trials, climate catastrophe, the January 6 siege of the Capitol, gender identity, the failures (and hope) of Western medicine, and the entwined horrors of racial, sexual, and colonial violence.
No single text in this volume offers a definitive answer for what it means to repair. But together, they reveal a promising vision for where to go from here.
A project of Boston Review’s Arts in Society, guest edited by Ed Pavlić and Ivelisse Rodriguez, and including Kemi Alabi, Don Mee Choi, Randall Horton, Kim Hyesoon, Bishakh Som, Meredith Talusan, and Brian Teare.