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Book Review: Tracy K. Smith’s Life on Mars

Book Review: Tracy K. Smith’s Life on Mars

A collection of poetry as wide-ranging as the cosmos, Life on Mars is a thoughtful exploration of space, death, and the complexities of existence. … The overarching experience of the collection is that of floating through the vacuum of space, contemplating life on Earth while watching the planet turn somewhere high above or far below.

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Book Review: Akwaeke Emezi’s Pet

by making the person who turns out to be a monster recognizable to someone who knows what a monster can look like, Akwaeke Emezi sets the story up perfectly to emphasize that children must be taught about monsters and not blindly shielded from them. That even the most unpleasant atrocities of history must be made known in order to not repeat them.

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Book Review: Ytasha L. Womack’s Afrofuturism

Book Review: Ytasha L. Womack’s Afrofuturism

You don’t need a background in critical race theory to get a grip on Afrofuturism; after all, the arts came first — the theory came later. If you can jam to Parliament-Funkadelic or cheer on Uhura, you are already on your way.

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Book Review: Border Lines: Poems of Migration

A person is a person, no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they come from; if there is one thing these 122 poems have in common, it is that they show us how border lines are no excuse for denying anyone humanity, compassion, and kinship.

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