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Karl Rove, Partisan Judges, and Corruption in Alabama

by Lou Dubose | Jul 31, 2020 | Books

On June 28, 2007, Don Siegelman made his final appearance in U.S. District Court Judge Mark Everett Fuller’s courtroom. The former secretary of state, attorney general, lieutenant governor, and governor of Alabama was in leg-irons, handcuffs, and a jailhouse jumpsuit, as directed by the judge. Appointed to the bench by George W. Bush (then resigning […]

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"In The Lateness of the World" by Carolyn Forché

LETTER TO A CITY UNDER SIEGE

by Carolyn Forché | Mar 22, 2020 | Poetry

Universally acclaimed poet Carolyn Forché is famous for “poetry of witness,” a term she first coined in her groundbreaking anthology, Against Forgetting. Her honors include a Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation Award for crafting her poetry as a “means to attain understanding, reconciliation, and peace within communities […]

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Abecedarian Requiring Further Examination of Anglikan Seraphym Subjugation of a Wild Indian Rezervation

by Natalie Diaz | Jan 20, 2020 | Poetry

Natalie Diaz was born in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community. A MacArthur fellow, she is the author of two poetry collections, When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012), and Post Colonial Love Poem, due from Graywolf Press in March […]

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When Venomous Speech Provokes Physical Violence

by Chip Berlet | Jan 17, 2020 | Culture, Politics

When a well-known person denounces a specific group of people—claiming for instance they don’t deserve full citizenship, or they are a threat to the nation—the result can be a violent act against any person perceived to be in the targeted group. How do we know this? Sadly, the answer emerges from the horrific mass murders […]

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sam sax

ANTIZIONIST ABECEDARIAN

by sam sax | Jan 4, 2020 | Poetry

sam sax is one of the most dynamic new voices in American poetry. His first book, Madness, was selected by Terrance Hayes for the National Poetry Series, and his second, bury it, garnered the prestigious James Laughlin Award for a second book. Laughlin Award judge Tyehimba Jess writes: “sam sax’s urgent, thriving excavation of desire […]

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