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Arts in Society

Boston Review’s Arts in Society section publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and criticism. It focuses on how the arts loosen the hold of convention, bear witness to injustice, provoke new ways of seeing the world, and speak to the most pressing political and civic concerns of our time.

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Images seized from enslaved people are not private property to be owned but ancestors to be cared for.

Ariella Aïsha Azoulay
Poetry
Ocean Vuong

A short story, winner of the Caine Prize.

NoViolet Bulawayo
Poetry

Before I left him /
on his deathbed, my father used to say 
the ice is breathing: this quivering song 
of things once-broken, mending. /
This song of them breaking again.

Nick Martino
Poetry

You can say my mother didn’t know jack
           about no line breaks, but she’ll tell you
that one thing leads to another; and violence
           and love can happen all at once.

Eugene Gloria
Poetry

In the parallel world in which gesture is followed /
by recompense

Suzanne Gardinier

I wanted time / to come to me

Camonghne Felix
Fiction

“If ideas are discarded when no longer modish, could we not do the same with unfashionable words?”

E. Lily Yu

How it rose, fell, and may rise again.

Peter E. Gordon
Poetry

I once wrote letters to a prisoner at Guantánamo. The letters always came back / opened.

Spring Ulmer

Pitchfork is dead, but good reviewing doesn’t have to die with it.

Eli Zeger
Poetry

The first capturing your gaze into nowhere
the other when you covered your face with your hands
so you were not anonymous, only unseen

Michael Ondaatje

On the Nobel Prize–winning writer’s posthumously published novel, Until August.

Junot Díaz
Poetry

a sunset makes a sound doesn't it
I learned    too late

James Fujinami Moore

Bertrand Tavernier’s daring documentary about the Algerian revolution sought to break the silence in France.

Jonathan Kirshner

On Lakdhas Wikkramasinha’s vanished histories.

Vidyan Ravinthiran

An interview with poet Fady Joudah about writing his latest collection, [...], amid war in Gaza.

Fady Joudah
Poetry
Fady Joudah
Poetry

Who did this to you?

Sean Patrick Mulroy
Poetry

in 1989 you walk the main road to /
Tiananmen when the inexplicable /
hits

Joseph Cuomo
Poetry

Why didn't I just say / people like us here / at this table / should not just talk about politics

Peter Dale Scott
Poetry

Relying a little less on the odd language we’d been left inside / we turned back to feeling: — / more moan, more mumble.

Joy Priest

A tragedy in Birmingham and the making of a radical.

Ed Pavlić
Poetry

Drowning is something that happens to others, not to them.

Hannah Liberman
Poetry

trudging back to Eden.

Alfredo Véa Jr.

Polish director Agnieszka Holland's new film exposes the violent contradictions at the heart of EU border policy.

Paul Hockenos
Fiction

How can you have thoughts without words? The man turned back to his coffee and drank. It was cold. Breakfast was done. Time to move on.

Daniel A. Olivas

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