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Ben's Hands

“This Scribe, My Hand” The hands of poet Ben Belitt, writing, c. 2001, photo by Emma Dodge Hanson

This inimitable and under-appreciated writer published some of his most affecting later poems in Salmagundi, including an elegaic masterpiece written in communion with Keats entitled “This Scribe, My Hand ( about which G. Singh wrote an essay ( in the special feature devoted to Belitt’s work in Salmagundi #87 (Summer 1990).


Salmagundi #206-207 Out Now

“Black Intellectuals & The Condition of the Culture” Symposium, Sontag, Modigliani, Romare Bearden, Poems & Columns

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May 1, 2020

Dear Reader —

For now, we have decided to make the spring-summer issue of SALMAGUNDi MAGAZINE available online only, and will print and mail out the hard copy edition from our offices at Skidmore College when the current Covid-19 crisis has passed and people have returned to their routines and places of work. This is the first time we’ve put an entire edition of the magazine online containing the FULL text of the print version that we hope to publish at some point before the end of the year. We are making this online edition available free of charge, without a pay wall, so subscribers as well as other readers have full access to it.

In the new double issue, you’ll find a variety of characteristic features, from columns on higher education and the recent British election to pieces on Susan Sontag, Modigliani and the artist Romare Bearden. But much of the nearly 300-page number is devoted to a SALMAGUNDI Symposium on “Black Intellectuals & The Condition of the Culture,” featuring Margo Jefferson, Darryl Pinckney, Thomas Chatterton Williams, Orlando Patterson and John McWhorter. There are two ways to access the new Spring-Summer 2020 issue of the magazine: 1. Visit the Current Issue page of our website by clicking that link in the menu at the top of our homepage where you’ll find all of the new issue’s pieces and features in an easy-to-read format for desktops, laptops or mobile devices. OR 2. Go to the ISSUU edition of #206-207—link below—which will allow you to read online or to download the issue as a facsimile of the print edition.

Take good care and let us know what you think of the new issue — we hope to run a full section of reader responses, especially to the symposium, in our next number.

Many thanks from the editors,

Robert Boyers, Peg Boyers, Marc Woodworth

Link to facsimile edition here:

The Silences of Eric Hobsbawm

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The Teacher

“Our Contemporary Winds”: Christian Petzold’s Transit

Salmagundi No. 204-205, Fall 2019

Bottomless Superficialities, Aristocracies of Wealth

Salmagundi No. 204-205, Fall 2019

Monica + Bill + 20 = #MeToo AF

Salmagundi No. 204-205, Fall 2019

Democracy, Populism & The Age of Trump

Salmagundi No. 204-205, Fall 2019

For the Love of Sin

Toward an Understanding of Trump’s Base

Salmagundi No. 204-205, Fall 2019

The Simplicity of Shame

Salmagundi No. 202-203, Spring 2019 - Summer 2019