Blackness VisibleClaudia Rankine’s poems explore how to write about yourself when your language pretends you don’t exist.
Steak-Umm out of Sacred CowsPatricia Lockwood’s poetry, and the discomfort it’s meant to cause squares like me.
The Love of Two People Staring in the Same DirectionA new book of poems from American master Frank Bidart.
Love Letters to Kenny G, Dave Chappelle, and RuPaulMarcus Wicker’s poetry buzzes with the energy, and loneliness, of pop culture.
The Book of InjusticeTarfia Faizullah’s poems wrestle with the mass rapes of Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War.
The Beautiful Uncut Hair of GravesBrian Teare’s poetry is about grass, but it’s also about life and death.
The Wheat and the ChaffLucille Clifton is the rare poet good enough to survive the Collected Poems treatment.
Roads & Kingdoms
Soccer and Tear Gas An amateur team in Turkish Kurdistan competes against a backdrop of police violence and a moribund peace process.
What Happened at Slate This Week? Josh Keating read about making music in the Anthropocene and journeyed into the heart of coding darkness.
Big Doctor Is Watching How your fitness tracker could increase your health insurance costs someday.