Trumps & Tropes

A poet’s concision speaks to me now, as I wonder how best to say that I am concerned but not surprised. The tug of war nature of America’s relationship with race began centuries ago. We can argue how much race configured the race, but there is also the debate of the role of race in… More

Faces

The day I came to talk to my uncle about the letter was a day a shimmering came over the world, everything that was not me stepped away so that I would not die under the weight of walking with the devil, as the world is Lucifer’s, and everything is his imagination, the traffic, the… More

The Light Inside the Body

It is a peculiar thing only the tranquil mind can see, and once seen it shows you the other side of things– in the light you know what is broken can be fixed. Afaa Michael Weaver is the author of 14 collections of poetry, including The Government of Nature, which won the 2014 Kingsley Tufts… More

Flowers of Shanghai

after the film by Hou Hsiao-hsien In the Boston Common I take a bag of popcorn, sit near the playground on benches with the homeless, the chill of an August afternoon feeling good on the bones, and I rub my face with the edge of my sweater the way a puppy would use its fuzzy… More

Afaa Michael Weaver

Afaa Michael Weaver reflects on how poetry and spirituality helped him overcome a childhood of sexual abuse, mental illness, and the death of his first child. More