The poet Diane di Prima died at the age of 86 on the 25th October. A celebrated writer and political activist, her work included the much-celebrated Revolutionary Letters. Here, Momtaza Mehri reflects on di Prima's work and legacy.
Manchester Writing Competition 2019 Winning Poems.
Harlem Is Hijaz Is Havana Is Harar, Or: The Whole Point of the Black Arts Movement Is That They Were Moving
“We will scream and cry, murder, run through the streets in agony, if it means some soul will be moved, moved to actual life understanding of what the world is, and what it ought to be.”
— Amiri Baraka
A review of Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf's The Sea-Migrations/Tahriib (translated by Clare Pollard, with Said Jama Hussein and Maxamed Xasan ‘Alto’).
Perhaps we need to face the terrifying and overwhelming possibility that there are no models, that we shall have to create from scratch.
— Toni Cade Bambara, On The Issue of Roles (1969)
First column as Columnist-in-Residence for San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's Open Space. On Pasolini, Kanye, Azealia Banks and our own degrees of separation from artists vs their art.