A poem by Yusef Komunyakaa, published in The Atlantic in 1998
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When her first novels were published, in the mid-1970s, Gayl Jones’s talent was hailed by writers from James Baldwin to John Updike. Then she disappeared.
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A parable embedded in The Maltese Falcon offers a cautionary tale.
The origins of Putin’s worldview—and the rise of Russia’s new ruling class
A poem by Maxine Kumin, published in The Atlantic in 2009
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For those engaging in quick-response art, mess and chaos—not polished elegance—are the forms to best mimic a crisis that has no end in sight.
A poem for Sunday
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“We are never living just in the present. We’re constantly sourcing back to the past or thinking about what comes next.”
A short story
The president’s dark emotional inheritance has become the nation’s.