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We are at Cape Coast Castle, and Callie refuses to be held. She won’t let me carry her in my arms. She won’t let me put her in the cloth carrier on my back. She won’t ride on her father’s shoulders. She won’t sit astride my hip. She wants to be in charge of exactly where her body goes. She wants both feet on the ground.

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Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah’s essays and criticism have appeared in the Believer, the Paris Review, Bookforum, Transition, and Rolling Stone.

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Charles Wright: New Poet Laureate

A frequent contributor to VQR, Charles Wright writes elegantly and powerfully about—in his words—“landscape, language, and the idea of God.” Read more about the new poet laureate here.