Two Poems by Purvi Shah

The following two poems by Purvi Shah appear in Mythologies, the newest issue of PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers. More

Mythologies: A Forum

From Issue 21 of PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers, coming your way in two weeks, Mythologies considers stories that have been transmitted to us and the mechanisms of… More

Manifesto: 1965

The African image is not then an image by equation but an image by analogy, a surrealist image. Africans do not like straight lines and false mots justes. Two… More

Manifesto: 1942

Because we hate you, you and your reasonableness, we stick to our / precocious dementia, our flaming folly, our stubborn cannibalism.... More

Manifesto: 1920s

The ordinary Negroes hadn't heard of the Negro Renaissance. And if they had, it hadn't raised their wages any. More

from “Muse & Drudge,” “Trimmings”

Swan neck, white shoulders, lumps of fat. A woman's face/above it all. Unriddled sphinx 'without secrets.' Alabaster/bust, paled into significance. Clothes opening, revealing/dress, as French comes into English. Suggestively,… More

From Alan’s War

This excerpt from Alan’s War: The Memories of G.I. Alan Cope by Emmanuel Guibert appears in PEN America 11: Make Believe. More

The Living Room

“The Living Room” is excerpted from A Game for Swallows by Zeina Abirached and translated by Edward Gauvin. It appears in PEN America 12: Correspondences. More

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