In ‘Gilt,’ Raena Shirali Asks: “What Does America Demand of My Brown Body?”

Gilt is an altar wrought in gold and black: to conflict; to tradition and its alienation; to the American South and the way it erodes the female body; to expectations and the dark ecstasy of falling short. … More In ‘Gilt,’ Raena Shirali Asks: “What Does America Demand of My Brown Body?”

‘Revise the Psalm’ Celebrates the Patron Saint of Chicago Poetry, Gwendolyn Brooks

She is to Chicago what Dickens is to London, or Joyce to Dublin, having immortalized the city’s ‘Black Metropolis’ of Bronzeville in verse from her teens in the 1930s until her death in 2000. … More ‘Revise the Psalm’ Celebrates the Patron Saint of Chicago Poetry, Gwendolyn Brooks