“How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?”

I finished writing this review of Claudia Rankine’s new book, Just Us: An American Conversation, during the week in which a White mob devoted to “vigilante antidemocratic paramilitary violence” (in Reconstruction historian Gregory P. Downs’s phrase) broke into the …

Virginia Jackson, UCI Endowed Chair of Rhetoric at the University of California, Irvine, is the author of the forthcoming Before Modernism: Inventing American Lyric in the Nineteenth Century (Princeton University Press) and co-editor (with Yopie Prins) of The Lyric Theory Reader (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). Her first book, Dickinson’s Misery: A Theory of Lyric Reading (Princeton University Press, 2005), won the MLA First Book Prize and the Christian Gauss Award. Her essays have appeared in PMLA, Studies in Romanticism, Modern Language Quarterly, New Literary History, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and elsewhere. She is a founding member of the Historical Poetics Working Group.

Itō Grows Ill, A Bird Transforms into a Blossom, and The Giant Trees Stay Unchanged, translated from the Japanese by Jeffrey Angles

Hiromi Itō emerged in the 1980s as the leading voice of Japanese women’s poetry with a series of works depicting women’s psychology, sexuality, and motherhood in dramatic new ways. In the late 1990s, she relocated to California, and since then, she has written a number of award-winning books about migrancy, relocation, identity, aging, and death. Jeffrey Angles has translated her early poetry in Killing Kanoko / Wild Grass on the Riverbank (Tilted Axis Press, 2019) and her semifictional work The Thorn-Puller (Stone Bridge Press, forthcoming in 2022) about her transpacific, bicultural life.

Is It July? & Is It August?, translated from the Japanese by Eric E. Hyett and Spencer Thurlow

Toshiko Hirata, one of Japan’s best-known contemporary poets, has published ten volumes of poetry; she also writes novels, plays, and essays. Her collection Shinanoka (Tokyo, Shichōsha, 2004), which translators Eric E. Hyett and Spencer Thurlow call Is It Poetry?, earned Ms. Hirata the Hagiwara Sakutarō Prize for poetry.


Jeffrey Angles is an award-winning translator and poet. His poetry collection written in Japanese, Watashi no hizukehenkōsen (My International Date Line, Shichōsha, 2016), won one of Japan’s most prestigious literary awards, the Yomiuri Prize for Literature, a rare honor accorded only a few non-native speakers since its inception in 1949. He has translated dozens of Japanese writers, focusing on socially engaged, feminist, or queer writers. These include three volumes by the Japanese-born American poet Hiromi Itō: Killing Kanoko (Action Books, 2009), Wild Grass on the Riverbank (Action Books, 2014), and The Thorn-Puller (Stone Bridge Press, forthcoming in 2022).

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on Suitor by Joshua Rivkin

We are all, in this pandemic, a living elegy; there are loves, possibilities, selves, ways of life that are dead, a mobile mortality poets have always known and used their art to reckon with, fool around with, and renovate: enter …

Hannah Baker Saltmarsh is an assistant professor of English at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She has authored a work of literary criticism, Male Poets and the Agon of the Mother: Contexts in Confessional and Post-confessional Poetry (University of South Carolina Press, 2019), and a forthcoming book of poems, Hysterical Water (University of Georgia Press, 2021). She and her husband are raising two kids and a baby.

on Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Grace Elizabeth Hale, a historian at the University of Virginia, is the author of Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890–1940 (1995) and A Nation of Outsiders: How the White Middle Class Fell in Love with Rebellion

Bradley Bazzle is the author of the short-story collection Fathers of Cambodian Time-Travel Science (C&R Press, 2020) and the novel Trash Mountain (Red Hen, 2018). His stories appear in The Missouri Review, The Iowa Review, New England Review, Epoch, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife and daughter in Athens, Georgia. 

on Afropessimism by Frank B. Wilderson III

How does one either narrate or deconstruct the story, and the crafting, of the “self” when the premises of narrative and of the existence of (human) being eclipse Black people by a paradigm underwritten by gratuitous violence? Put differently, how …

Selamawit D. Terrefe is an assistant professor of African American literature and culture in the Department of English at Tulane University, where she also holds affiliations with the Africana Studies Program and Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Her work has appeared in The Feminist Wire, Theory and Event, Rhizomes, and Critical Philosophy of Race. She is currently completing her manuscript, “Impossible Blackness: Violence and the Psychic Life of Slavery,” a comparative analysis of African and African American texts, which examines the fantasies harnessed within the global imaginary that elaborate antiblack racial violence into narratives of possibility.

Imaginary Maps (on Apsara Engine and Spellbound: A Graphic Memoir by Bishakh Som)

By now the divide is clear: it looks like the same divide that bedevils prose fiction, or did until recently. Comics and graphic novels get framed as serious literature, if they’re accomplished enough, but only if they seem to portray …

Stephanie Burt is a professor of English at Harvard. Her most recent books include After Callimachus (Princeton University Press, 2020), Don’t Read Poetry: A Book About How to Read Poems (Basic, 2019), and Advice from the Lights (Graywolf Press, 2017), an NEA Big Read selection.