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301.1 Winter Issue 2016

301.1 Winter Issue 2016

301.1 Winter Issue 2016 Cover

Just days before this issue was set to go to press, terrorist attacks took place in Beirut and Paris. It’s hard to face news like this, and it’s even harder to do so while introducing this issue of NAR with our usual enthusiasm or aplomb. We are, however, genuinely excited to present “a genocide of potential: in search of Black Brilliance.” All of the poetry in this issue, guest edited by Metta Sáma, was written by black poets whose work, as Sáma says, contains “careful constuctions of emotions, ideas, spirits, bodies, psyches.” In these days of fear and grief, with our emotions and psyches scarred, it’s hard not to be bitter, to not want to respond to the “venom” as some commentators say with bigger might. But like the young Parisian Thomas Tran Dinh instructs us, after survivng the attack at the Bataclan, “Let’s love each other.” He acknowledges that it would be easy to succumb to “hate and fear.” It would be easy for many of us here to ignore Beirut and Paris. It would be easy enough to give in to despair. It would be even easier to rouse lesser angels of our nature. But the nar follows the arc of love, art, and community engagement as a way to move forward.

Art

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Space Between [digital photo composite] • Denis Hagen

A Fragile Heart [collage on paper] • Marcia Jones

Manned Flight [digital & ink] • Clay Rodery

dark light [mixed media] • Anthony Temmaglia

Twins [ink & digital] • Catherine Byun

Untitled [pen & ink] • Eric Piatkowski

Fiction

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Manned FlightThomas Wilson

What Lies in StoreLaura Demers

Biddenden MaidsKristen N. Arnett

Fallout G. S. Phillian

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Indigent DispositionChristopher Notarnicola

Philematophilia Traci Brimhall

Everyone HereJane Armstrong

Doom William Stobb

Poetry

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Violence Against Women • Haki R. Madhubuti

How to Keep It Real When Everything Has Gone Wrong • Adrian S. Potter

Red Background • Lynne Thompson

illustrated equation no. 2: something about seeing . . . the shape of things . . . • Giovanni Singleton

Dahomey Sister • Rashidah Ismaili

Jazzing at the Art Gallery • Lenard D. Moore

I Can’t Breathe • James E. Cherry

The Talk • Quincy Scott Jones

“yonder they do not love your flesh” • Rosamond S. King

These Things Ain’t Gonna Write Themselves • Gwendolyn Mitchell

Knuckle Head • Teri Ellen Cross Davis

figure study 2: the old lady has alzheimer’s & all she can remember is • Niki Herd

anonymous • Kelli Stevens Kane

Stepfather • Ti Kendrick Hall

Alibi • Reginald Harris

Dzud • Patricia Spears Jones

A Man Walks Into a Bar • Zakia Henderson-Brown

solo • Makalani Bandele

Reviews

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From One Realm to the NextKaty D’Angelo

Synecdoche: Brief Book Reviews J. D. Schraffenberger

Crosscuts: Brief DVD Reviews Grant Tracey

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From the EditorsNAR Staffers Out in the World

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