Gesture 5: Doubling

Excavating Utopia: A Review of Dawn Lundy Martin’s Life in a Box is a Pretty Life

Dawn Lundy Martin’s Life in a Box is a Pretty Life is a call to action, to investigate the hidden secrets and understand the foundation of White America. This fierce work bears witness to the black enslaved body, cornered by the past, unnervingly resembling our present state: the black body surrounded by white America, fatally shot.




Fruit flies are model organisms. Which is not to say
they are upstanding citizens, but that they can
imitate human systems, meaning: we can see
ourselves in them. And not just because
occasionally you wake to a forgotten wine glass on
the mantle pocked with a tiny black mole that dove
head first into last night’s white with no plan on how
to get out.


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Gesture was founded in 2011 with the intention to publish work that is not boring. Published biannually, we seek written and visual submissions from new and established artists. Gesture is the home for poetry, poetics, prose, theory, reviews, interviews, images, and interaction. We want work that does not intentionally concern itself with genre. Some may call this experimental. We call it exciting. As in, not boring. We want to feel a gesture and be electrified.