Barzakh 10 (Spring 2018)

Cover art by Mali Fischer.

The new issue of Barzakh, the lit magazine of UAlbany’s English Dept, is just out. The design looks beautiful, and there is a lot of quality work in the issue. This is–for example–Cedric Tillman’s “Bad Haiku Workshop”:

the fewer descendants
of slaves you have to deal with,
the better the school.

without slavery
all the schools would be good—‘stime
we acknowledged this.

when we say good school
we mean a school unburdened
by slave progeny.

a good school is one
with very few descendants
of African slaves.

the school unburdened
by the descendants of slaves
is called a “good school.”

I send my kids to
good schools where there are very few
descendants of slaves.

The Barzakh staff deserves a lot of credit for their hard work–especially Editor-in-Chief Laurin DeChae, who is a dynamic editor as well as a terrific poet.

~ by Michael Leong on May 15, 2018.

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