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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
Ocean Vuong

A short story, winner of the Caine Prize.

NoViolet Bulawayo

“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

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

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

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
Fady Joudah

Who did this to you?

Sean Patrick Mulroy

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

Joseph Cuomo

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

Peter Dale Scott

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

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

Hannah Liberman

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

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

AI-generated novels are here, but they hardly spell the end of fiction.

Terry Nguyen

Your lone question —
What happens when you ignore a part of someone?
Would flood me, and in time, knock down
Every structure.

Wesley Rothman

On art in the age of generative AI.

James Duesterberg

Generative AI has made it possible to create lifelike models of real people. Should we?

Mala Chatterjee

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