The children I write with die, no matter how much I love them, no matter how creative they are, no matter how many poems they have written, or how much they want to live. They die of diseases with unpronounceable names, of rhabdomyosarcoma or pilocytic astrocytoma, of cancers rarely heard of in the world at large, of cancers that are often cured once, but then turn up again somewhere else: in their lungs, their stomachs, their sinuses, their bones, their brains. While undergoing their own treatments, my students watch one friend after another lose legs, cough up blood, and enter a hospital room they never come out of again.
A taut, tension-filled story of a man helping the woman he loves flee her abusive husband, a poem whose technical expertise and emotional surefootedness exemplify the mature work of a poet writing at the height of his powers, and a couple of lively poems exuding the energy and sensibility of a new generation have won the trio of literary prizes awarded each year by MQR.
Jaimy Gordon, who to her surprise just won the National Book Award for her novel Lord of Misrule, called me up the week before the award ceremony, when she was still just a nominee. She’s published a couple pieces in MQR, so I was happy to hear from her—and pleased to discover the reason for her call.
Anne Goldman on Saul Bellow; Jeffrey Meyers on Marilyn Monroe; Pamela Haag on women’s politics; a personal essay by Herbert Gold; and Don lago on the discoverer of Pluto.
Fiction by Danielle Lazarin and Susan Hahn.
Poetry by Mary Oliver, Charles Harper Webb, Jessica Garratt, Albert Goldbarth, Denise Duhamel, Richard Tillinghast, Daniel Tobin, and Mark Halliday.
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Judy Labensohn on Mount Zion; Berel Lang guides a tour of Jerusalem; Mahmoud Shukair remembers Jerusalem; Lisa Knopp on Nine-Mile Prairie in Nebraska Fiction by Avital Gad-Cykman, Daniel Herwitz Poetry by Helen Ransom Forman, Karen Alkalay-Gut, Sabina Messeg, Yakov Azriel, Nidaa Khouri, Hayan Charara, David Woo, Alan Williamson, Nan Knighton, Charlotte Boulay Order This Issue …
H.P. Secher remembers a summer in 1938 Berlin; John Felstiner on ecology and religion; Alicia Ostriker on the Book of Job; a personal essay by Henry Van Dyke; Mary Cappello on silent films Fiction by Ery Ritsou, Joyce Carol Oates, John Tait Poetry by Bertolt Brecht, Julia Hartwig, Rachel Hadas, David Lehman, Susan Gubernat, John …
In the seventy–fifth year of the Hopwood Awards at the University of Michigan, MQR presents selections from new work in different genres by recent recipients of the Hopwood Awards, as well as material bearing upon the subject of creative writing in our time. Edited by Nicholas Delbanco and Laurence Goldstein.
Philip D. Beidler on August Wilson, Mary Helen Specht on the critical power of cool, Harry Thomas on John Berryman and Ezra Pound, and a personal essay by Nigel Gearing. Plus: Diana Woodcock on Qatar, and Natania Rosenfeld on the value of miniatures.
Fiction by Olufunke Grace Bankole and Joe Ashby Porter.
Poetry by Kimberly Johnson, Michael Waters, Warren Slesinger, John Berryman, Christine Rhein, Michael Atkinson, Charles Harper Webb, Paula Bohince, Catherine Staples, and Sandra M. Gilbert.
Miles Orvell on archiving 9/11; Jay Ladin, Marjorie Perloff, Alicia Ostriker, and Berel Lang on poetry and the Holocaust; Sandra M. Gilbert on diction; Susan Gubar on the importance of canonization; Wendy Steiner on unspeakability; Robert von Hallberg on Celan; Michelle Cliff on modern-day Lynchburg; and a conversation with Joyce Carol Oates. New fiction from Elizabeth Edelglass and Eric Gabriel Lehman. New poetry by Campbell McGrath, Lisa Gluskin, Susanna Mishler, J. Allyn Rosser, Patricia Hooper, William Baer, and Floyd Skloot.