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There's a Revolution Outside, My Love

There's a Revolution Outside, My Love

Letters from a Crisis

Various Authors
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This kaleidoscopic portrait of an unprecedented time brings together some of our most treasured writers today--Edwidge Danticat, Layli Long Soldier, Monica Youn, Julia Alvarez, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor--to give voice to the unthinkable grief and hopeful possibilities born in an era of revolution and change.

Now is an extraordinary time. Across the country, people are losing their loved ones, their livelihoods, their homes, and even their own lives to COVID-19. Despite the pandemic, countless protests erupted this summer over the recurring loss of Black lives. Reverberations of shock and outrage remain with us all. There's a Revolution Outside, My Love captures and articulates all of these roiling sentiments unleashed by a profound national reckoning.

Drawing its title from a powerful letter to her son by Kirsten West Savali, the book fans out from there, offering a rich and intimate view of the change we underwent. Composed of searing letters, essays, poems, reflections, and screeds, There's a Revolution Outside, My Love highlights the work of some of our most powerful and insightful writers who hail from across a range of backgrounds and from almost all fifty states. Among them, these writers have brought home four Pulitzers, two National Book Awards, a fistful of Whitings, and numerous citations in best American poetry, short story, and essay compilations. They are noisy with beauty, and their pieces ring louder and clearer than ever before.

Galvanizing and lyrical, this is a deeply profound anthology of writing filled with pain and beauty, warmth and intimacy. A remarkable feat of empathy, There's a Revolution Outside, My Love offers solace in a time of swirling protest, change, and violence--reminding us of the human scale of the upheaval, and providing hope for a kinder future.

Table of Contents:

  • Preface by Tracy K. Smith
  • Patricia Smith, Salutation in Search Of
  • Randall Kenan, Learning from the Ghosts of the Civil War
  • Edwidge Danticat, Mourning
  • Su Hwang, Why the Rebellion Had to Happen Here
  • Michael Kleber-Diggs, On the Complex Flavors of Black Joy
  • Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Letter from the Fault Lines of Midwestern Racism
  • Layli Long Soldier, I Cannot Stop: A Response to the Murder of George Floyd
  • Sofian Merabet, Be Safe Out There ( And Other American Delusions, Rhetorical and Otherwise)
  • Nyle Fort, I Hated That I Had to See Your Face Through Plexiglass
  • Daniel Peña, Let These Protests Bring Light to America
  • Claudia Castro Luna, Letter from a Seattle Protest
  • Pitchaya Sudbanthad, Finding Justice in the Streets
  • Indigo Moor, A Riotous Anodyne
  • Tracy K. Smith, A Letter to Black America
  • Joshua Bennett, Where Is Black Life Lived?
  • Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, On the Endless Mourning of the Present
  • Ali Black, On Protest, Laughter, and Finding Breath
  • Gregory Pardlo, Letter to Juneteenth
  • Major Jackson, Letter from Burlington
  • James Noël, Black Prayer
  • Dawn Lundy Martin, Sense
  • Idrissa Simmonds-Nastili, Black Motherhood in Sleepless Times
  • Cynthia Tucker, Letter to a Mother Who Survived and Thrived
  • Jasmon Drain, "Maybe" ( Letter to a Daughter Who Will Wear Two Masks)
  • Camille T. Dungy, This'll Hurt Me More
  • Ross Gay, Have I Ever Told You All the Courts I've Loved
  • Samiya Bashir, Letter from Exile: Finding Home in a Pandemic
  • Héctor Tobar, A Generational Uprising
  • Oscar Villalon, When the Shadow Is Looming
  • Manuel Muñoz, From Plagues to Protests to Wildfires
  • Craig Santos Perez, Postcards from a Quarantined Paradise
  • Julia Alvarez, Past, Present, Yet to Come
  • Nikky Finney, Letter to John Robert Lewis
  • Reginald Dwayne Betts, Kamala Harris, Mass Incarceration, and Me
  • Lilly Wachowski, Refuse Fascism, at the Ballot Box and in the Street
  • Monica Youn, Why I'm Getting Out of the Boiler Room This Election
  • Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Voting Trump Out Is Not Enough
  • Francisco Goldman, The Fall of Trump: On Presidents, Dictators, and Life After a Regime
  • Sasha LaPointe, Thunder Song
  • Kirsten West Savali, On Motherhood and Ancestral Resistance


  • Publisher: Vintage (May 11, 2021)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0593314697
  • ISBN-13: 9780593314692
  • Item Weight: 8 ounces
  • Dimensions: 5.14 x 0.66 x 7.97 inches
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