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“These testimonials from professors, poets, novelists and activists are centered on last summer’s protests against the police killings of Black people, but they tie connective threads between many countries and their crises…Together this book is a maelstrom of grief, anger, fear and confusion, with glimmers of gratitude and hope: a comprehensive emotional document of a moment.” —Sebastian Modak, The New York Times

“Angry, rueful, and defiant, the impressive roster of award-winning writers and academics portrays a nation wracked by pain…. An eloquent and urgent collection.” —Kirkus, starred review

“A potent and momentous in-the-moment response to an urgent and indelible time.” —Booklist

“Written from the inner chambers of the heart, resonating with the questions that keep us up at night, and offering the recognition and generosity…. This book is a promise, a solace, a sounding of our cries for justice and need for love. It’s nothing short of essential.” —Garnette Cadogan, Literary Hub

“Dynamic…captures the remarkable nature of the last year.” —Karla Strand, Ms. Magazine
“Revelatory collection of heartfelt reflections…Forty treasured poets, scholars, and essayists document their experience of international racial reawakening…and consider them alongside their survival of dueling pandemics, namely COVID-19 and systemic racism.” —Oprah Magazine, “The Best Books to Pick Up This May”

“This powerful, riveting collection gives us the community we have longed for during the past year, the connection we have missed. It tells us the truth; it tells us what it is like.” The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Table Of Contents

Preface by Tracy K. Smith 

Patricia Smith, Salutation in Search Of
Randall Kenan, Learning from the Ghosts of the Civil War
Edwidge Danticat, Mourning
Su Hwang, Why the Rebellion Had to Happen Here
Michael Kleber-Diggs, On the Complex Flavors of Black Joy
Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Letter from the Fault Lines of Midwestern Racism
Layli Long Soldier, I Cannot Stop: A Response to the Murder of George Floyd
Sofian Merabet, Be Safe Out There (And Other American Delusions, Rhetorical and Otherwise)
Nyle Fort, I Hated That I Had to See Your Face Through Plexiglass
Daniel Peña, Let These Protests Bring Light to America
Claudia Castro Luna, Letter from a Seattle Protest
Pitchaya Sudbanthad, Finding Justice in the Streets
Indigo Moor, A Riotous Anodyne
Tracy K. Smith, A Letter to Black America
Joshua Bennett, Where Is Black Life Lived?
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, On the Endless Mourning of the Present
Ali Black, On Protest, Laughter, and Finding Breath
Gregory Pardlo, Letter to Juneteenth
Major Jackson, Letter from Burlington
James Noël, Black Prayer
Dawn Lundy Martin, Sense
Idrissa Simmonds-Nastili, Black Motherhood in Sleepless Times
Cynthia Tucker, Letter to a Mother Who Survived and Thrived
Jasmon Drain, “Maybe” (Letter to a Daughter Who Will Wear Two Masks)
Camille T. Dungy, This’ll Hurt Me More
Ross Gay, Have I Ever Told You All the Courts I’ve Loved
Samiya Bashir, Letter from Exile: Finding Home in a Pandemic
Héctor Tobar, A Generational Uprising
Oscar Villalon, When the Shadow Is Looming
Manuel Muñoz, From Plagues to Protests to Wildfires
Craig Santos Perez, Postcards from a Quarantined Paradise
Julia Alvarez, Past, Present, Yet to Come
Nikky Finney, Letter to John Robert Lewis
Reginald Dwayne Betts, Kamala Harris, Mass Incarceration, and Me
Lilly Wachowski, Refuse Fascism, at the Ballot Box and in the Street
Monica Youn, Why I’m Getting Out of the Boiler Room This Election
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Voting Trump Out Is Not Enough
Francisco Goldman, The Fall of Trump: On Presidents, Dictators, and Life After a Regime
Sasha LaPointe, Thunder Song
Kirsten West Savali, On Motherhood and Ancestral Resistance

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