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As a poet and essay­ist, my work is root­ed in the impact fem­i­nism has had on my life as a man, par­tic­u­lar­ly as a sur­vivor of child­hood sex­u­al vio­lence. As a lit­er­ary co-trans­la­tor, I write about the rel­e­vance of clas­si­cal Per­sian poet­ry to our con­tem­po­rary lives.

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I’ve Been Thinking About Sex

I’ve Been Thinking About Sex

I am try­ing to remem­ber the first time I under­stood, real­ly under­stood, that sex was noth­ing but touch, that I want­ed the sex I had to be about find­ing ways to touch peo­ple that would leave them feel­ing ful­ly and deeply and irrev­o­ca­bly known inside and out, rec­og­nized, val­i­dat­ed, appre­ci­at­ed as a human body, a being […]

from “Cattle of The Lord,” by Rosa Alice Branco

from “Cattle of The Lord,” by Rosa Alice Branco

I stroll from street to street,
the trees spill them­selves on the asphalt road.
Soon­er or lat­er the leaves
will end up swept away from the side­walk.
Let’s call their dis­ap­pear­ance wind.
Let’s go on giv­ing names to all
we’ve lost in the name of words.

 

—Rosa Alice Bran­co, from Cat­tle of the Lord (trans­lat­ed by Alex­is Lev­itin)

I Just Learned About the Equal Justice Initiative — If You Don’t Know About It, You Should

I Just Learned About the Equal Justice Initiative — If You Don’t Know About It, You Should

In “The Lines That Anti­semitism and Racism Draw,” a series of let­ters I com­posed dur­ing the sum­mer of 2016 that were pub­lished in Decem­ber of that year, I wrote about the stolper­steine, an art project start­ed by the Ger­man artist Gunter Dem­nig in 1992. Accord­ing to Wikipedia, the project “aims at com­mem­o­rat­ing indi­vid­ual per­sons at exact­ly […]

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