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Ashes In My Mouth

by Jazzib Akhtar
“There’s a harshness to the blue mist I’m smoking. It’s a familiar sting that lingers like unhealed scars.”

Fresher Fields Than Houston: Wilfred Owen, Z-Ro and the Apocalypse of Imperialism

by M.C. Zendejas
“One must wonder, however, whether this complicity characterizes imperialism as unchangeable, or merely recognizes that immediate change is impossible, that change is not a single event but a historical process. After all, if we are to dare to invent tomorrow’s utopia we must first start by acknowledging today’s dystopia, beginning with our place in it.”

Defiance in the Face of Imperialism: A Review of Bacurau

by Brant Roberts
“An explicit allegory to antifascist resistance and anticapitalist values, Bacurau illustrates what it means for poor Brazilians to fight against a national comprador ruling class whose politics and interests are aligned with American hegemony.”

Last Days of Fiesta

by Gerardo Velasquez
“I wonder what they’ll do with the property, now that Fiesta is gone. I wonder what will happen to our community.”

INTERROGATED

by Tamara Al-Qaisi-Coleman
“His wrists are cuffed against the bars of this prison beyond prisons
As if a man with brown skin cannot travel
without implications of terror”

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