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Fifteen pieces that reimagine border and migration

This list is part of the celebration of the tenth anniversary of The Margins, which highlights portions of the magazine’s archive organized around a theme.

The border is more than just a line on a map, or the edge of a place. National borders shape a person’s relationship to others, to how and when one can move, and what rights one holds. While migration is a means to survive, the border is a form of violence. Over the past ten years, our writers have touched upon immigration politics, legacies of war and colonialism, and belonging. They have reminded us that borders exist in many more places than we might realize. The threat the border imposes can become metaphor, in the body, in our experience of grief, in the way we shape identities, and in how we move across these boundaries and work to obliterate them as well.

Read the full list below.

Pieces from top to bottom, left to right:

  1. We Are Not Illegal
    by Sukong Hong  (2012)

  2. Being Watched
    by Adnan Khan (2014)

  3. All This Paper
    by Joseph Han (2016)

  4. Immigration in A
    by K-Ming Chang (2017)

  5. The Paperless ‘Palestinian’ and the Russian P’liceman
    by Philip Metres (2017)

  6. JFK Airport
    by Celina Su (2017)

  7. AAWW TV: The Body and Migration
    featuring Vi Khi Nao, Brandon Shimoda, and Celina Su (2018)

  8. Nepalis Fight for TPS
    by Pearl Bhatnagar (2018)

  9. This Is Not the Dawn: Poetry of Partition
    by Adeeba Talukder, Momina Mela, Zia Ather, Sreshtha Sen, Tanzila Ahmed, Faisal Mohyuddin, and Fatimah Asghar (2018)

  10. The Border Against Belonging
    by Asa Drake (2018)

  11. Thresholds: A Story of Family Across Indigenous and Settler Histories in Northeast India
    by Xewali (2020)

  12. Broken Ghazal, Before Balfour: Two Poems by George Abraham
    by George Abraham (2020)

  13. Taking Up Each Other’s Cause: The War in Tigray and India’s State Violence in Kashmir
    by Simi Kadirgamar (2021)

  14. Queering Time // Queering Tense
    by AMA (2021)

  15. Zuihitsu for the New Diaspora
    by Sahar Muradi (2022)