Issue 51 | November-December 2017

Essays by Dan Beachy-Quick, Chloe Garcia-Roberts, Ailbhe Darcy, and Marianne Rogoff

Shields: A poem founds the world it finds

Editor’s note: The following essay is excerpted from Of Silence and Song, a book of essays, fragments, and poems forthcoming from Milkweed Editions (December 2017). Reading Hesiod on the shuttle bus to the…

Love song por La Condesa

On the night of September 19, 2017, I find a small map online of the oval park in front of my father’s house with its surrounding streets that extend out…

The authority to say anything at all

When I was a Catholic teenager, I was an altar server and reader at my parish church. Our parish priest was forward-thinking. At one Easter Vigil Mass, I played the…

Sam Shepard is a place

Ed note: Sam Shepard passed away on July 27, 2017. He was alive at the time this essay was written. Sam Shepard is a place, and in The One Inside…

Conversations: Martín Espada and Giles Li

Martín Espada needs very little introduction. An award-winning poet with twenty published volumes, Martín spent many years as a tenants’ rights lawyer for the Latinx community in Greater Boston. Giles Li…

Letter from Issue 50 guest editor Ricco Siasoco

The collective “I” in Issue 50 of The Critical Flame is one of protest, of comedy, and, hopefully, of the zeitgeist. As the guest editor for this issue, I’ve attempted…

Conversations: DéLana R.A. Dameron with Marcus Amaker, Kendra Hamilton, and Randall Horton

DéLana R.A. Dameron’s second collection of poems Weary Kingdom (2017) is part of the University of South Carolina Palmetto Poetry Series, edited by Nikky Finney. Dameron’s debut collection, How God…

A New Monument

Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, VA was, until recently, named Lee Park. In 1917, Paul Goodloe McIntire donated the land for the park, as well as the 26-foot monument of Robert…

Metropolitan is Still There

You used to go to Metropolitan alone. You were 21 and it was the closest gay bar to where you lived in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. It was a good place if…

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t: Decentering Whiteness in Seattle

There was a talk going on about Black Lives Matters at the Seattle Center. For better or for worse, I suppose lately there is always a talk going on about…

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