As outrage over the killings of unarmed black men by white police hours plays again rattles the nation, Langston Hughes’ poetry of protest has become only more prescient.
Dunya Mikhail returned to her home country of Iraq after 20 years in the United States to understand the lives of women who were held captive by ISIS. Their stories are the subject of her latest book.
Given the prevalence of queer perspectives and homosexual references in Islamic poetry, it’s hugely ironic that LGBTQ Muslims around the world struggle to live out their sexual and gender identities.
Although every National Park was once inhabited or used by Native people, their stories are glaringly absent in this year's centennial celebrations of the National Parks Service as “America’s best idea.” Poet, musician, and member of the Mvskoke Nation, Joy Harjo takes the United States' limited account for tribal histories to task in her poem, "Someone Talking."
"I forgot to tell you...that in the practical sense of the word/ I've grown used to your absence/ and that my wishes have lost their way to your desires/ and my memory has begun to corrode/ And that I still chase the light, not because I want to see...the dark always frightens/ even when we're used to it."
Writer and lawyer Gowri Koneswaran spoke with Tamil poet R. Cheran for THE ALIGNIST about his writing, the current human rights situation in Sri Lanka, and an Amnesty International poetry contest on enforced disappearances in the country.