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

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


, 2021, Poetry, Nonfiction, Writing, Social Movements, Audiobook, Anthologies

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests and the Covid-19 pandemic, the soaring and essential pieces presented in There's a Revolution Outside, My Love give voice to the cleavages that have shaken and uprooted American lives in an era of unthinkable grief.

We are living through an unprecedented, revolutionary era. 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. Shock and outrage reverberated. There's a Revolution Outside, My Love captures and gives voice to all of these roiling sentiments that were unleashed in a profoundly affecting time.
Beginning with a heart-rending poem by masterful poet Patricia Smith that grieves the murder of George Floyd, among others--the pieces in this anthology fan out from there, offering a kaleidoscopic and intimate view of the change we all 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 treasured writers. They hail from across a range of backgrounds and from almost all fifty states. Between them, 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 out.
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.

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  • Lin Salisbury

    THERE’S A REVOLUTION OUTSIDE, MY LOVE should be essential reading for all Americans. Edited by Tracy Smith and John Freeman, the anthology gives us a glimpse into the beating heart of some of our mo...

  • Alannah Balfour

    Even though this was a short collection, it took me a little while to get through because each essay or poem felt profound enough to take my time with. It includes Indigenous, Black, Asian-American, q...

  • Rose

    **Disclaimer** I won this ARC from a Goodreads giveaway. I wasn't required to write this review, it just seemed polite to do so after getting a free book. This is a stunning collection of essays and p...

  • Dave Fransen

    A collection of dozens of essays is a challenge for my brain to process, but I really liked and valued this book overall. Some of the stories/perspectives were particularly poignant considering all th...

  • Vickie  Henson

    Beautiful writers and story tellers, each every essayist. I was so moved by the collection of raw truth and emotion. It was therapy for my soul and a way of healing from the last 5 years in politics, ...

  • Brian Traveller