Hip-hop’s border wars, by Zandria F. RobinsonAmanda Petrusich on Richard Hell after LexingtonKentucky’s Phipps Family Legacy, by Silas HouseJohn Jeremiah Sullivan on playing the old jawboneThree poems by Thomas Merton
It’s raining in the Piedmont. A group of poets clink glasses in mutual congratulation. A father and son listen, with hunched shoulders, around an old phonograph. Pages of a burning journal smolder in a sink.