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Ethnic Studies Review
By keeping their opening remarks very brief (the preface plus the micro-introduction add up to less than seven pages), the editors have made an unassuming choice: to let the work by the contributors do the talking. In other projects, this plunge into creative material without providing much of a historical or literary context might come across as daring, and with an anthology of social action writing, that risk may or may not pay off. The expectation of Fire and Ink, it appears, is that the reader (or instructor) will have some basic knowledge of activist writers and the range of social issues they are responding to with poetry, essays, rally speeches, op-eds or performance pieces. That presumption signals that this anthology is not for everybody: it has been shaped with a specific audience in mind. Why else would the opening piece be titled "You Gotta Be Ready for Some Serious Truth to Be Spoken," authored by one of the editors.
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