There's a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis

Category: Book
Edited By: Freeman, John
Edited By: Smith, Tracy K.
Subject:  HISTORY / United States / 21st Century
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / General
Publisher: Vintage
Published: May 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 8.00in x 5.18in
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From The Publisher*"Perhaps you will open this book and find solace during a time of consternation. Or perhaps it will serve a use for you like that of a road map for a nation that is no longer idling." -Tracy K. Smith, from the preface

We are living through an unprecedented, revolutionary era. Across the country, people have lost loved ones, livelihoods, homes, and even their own lives to Covid-19. In the midst of the pandemic, historic protests erupted in the summer of 2020 over the constant brutality against Black Americans. Galvanizing and lyrical, There's a Revolution Outside, My Love captures and gives voice to all of the roiling sentiments of the moment in an anthology for the ages.

Beginning with a heart-rending poem that grieves murdered Black citizens-the book fans out across a troubled, shattered America, offering a kaleidoscopic view of survival, grief and the search for joy. Composed of searing letters, essays, poems, lamentations, and exhortations, There's a Revolution Outside, My Love highlights the work of some of our most powerful and treasured writers: Edwidge Danticat, Layli Long Soldier, Julia Alvarez, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, and many others. They hail from across a range of backgrounds and from nearly all fifty states. Noisy with beauty, they plead for safety and justice. Sweetness, even. 

Drawing its name from an essay by Kirsten West Savali, a powerful letter from a mother to her son, this is an intimate anthology of writing that offers a space to mourn and ponder what the nation is, and what it can be. It offers solace in a time of protest, change, and violence-reminding us of the human scale of the upheaval that reverberated across the country.
Review Quote*"Angry, rueful, and defiant, the impressive roster of award-winning writers and academics portrays a nation wracked by pain…. An eloquent and urgent collection." -Kirkus, starred review

"Written from the inner chambers of the heart, resonating with the questions that keep us up at night, and offering the recognition and generosity…. This book is a promise, a solace, a sounding of our cries for justice and need for love. It's nothing short of essential." -Garnette Cadogan, Literary Hub
Biographical NoteTRACY K. SMITH is the author of four books of poetry, including Life on Mars, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Such Color: New and Selected Poems will be published in October. She is also the editor of an anthology, American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time, and cotranslator (with Changtai Bi) of My Name Will Grow Wide Like a Tree: Selected Poems by Yi Lei. Smith's memoir, Ordinary Light, was named a finalist for the National Book Award. From 2017 to 2019, Smith served two terms as the twenty-second Poet Laureate of the United States. She is currently a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

JOHN FREEMAN is the founder of Freeman's, the literary annual of new writing, and executive editor at Alfred A. Knopf. The author of five books, including The Park and Dictionary of the Undoing, he has edited several other anthologies including Tales of Two Americas, a book about inequality in America, and Tales of Two Planets, which examines the climate crisis globally. He teaches at NYU.