Libations

Spells for Black Wizards

By Candace Williams

is a chapbook of poetry, a book of spells, a fold-out map. Williams is a Brooklyn truth-teller. She is a radical and a romantic. She speaks truth to power and beauty to those who so desperately need it. On the horrors of racism and oppression, she does not mince words, but this collection is also full of joy, exuberance, and magic. This is, perhaps, the form of resistance we need right now.

Freshwater

By Akwaeke Emezi

weaves together Igbo myth and metaphysics in what is a thoroughly original and gorgeous novel about what it is to be a person made of many selves.

Heads of the Colored People: Stories

By Nafissa Thompson-Spires

This story collection is Thompson-Spires’ debut and that is crazy because it is brilliant. Thompson-Spires describes the collection as being about “black U.S. citizenship, the black middle class and the future of black American life during pivotal sociopolitical moments.” This subject matter is handled with grace, dark wit, and wisdom. Recently, I heard someone on a panel say that the future is already being colonized by the white imagination, but the future is a construct anyway. If both of these things are true, then perhaps the most radical thing we can do as black people is claim the present moment, to stand firmly in our truth right now. This is how we will win the future. Thompson-Spires is winning it already and I love it.