MQR Sound


Some things are better seen and heard. Listen to author-recorded performances of poems from recent MQR issues.

Winter 2024 | Samuel Cheney Reads "The Goetheanum" MQR Sound

A note about the poem from Samuel Cheney for MQR's Winter 2024 issue: This poem tracks a culminating series of coincidences. It celebrates the spooky correspondences and recursions the universe sometimes presents to us. The poem turns when the narrator happens upon James Salter’s story “The Destruction of the Goetheanum,” in which the "vast, brooding structure" of the Goetheanum appears as both a photograph and a symbol. A failed writer in Salter’s story is at work on an unfinished novel—“the one great act of his life”––which is also called The Goetheanum. My poem is named in honor of this project.
  1. Winter 2024 | Samuel Cheney Reads "The Goetheanum"
  2. Winter 2024 | Wendy Chen Reads "Hyperdream (The Wasp)"
  3. Winter 2024 | L.A. Johnson Reads “In a Rain of Flowers”
  4. Winter 2024 | Joshua Robbins Reads “Philomela in Texas”
  5. Winter 2024: Andrea Cohen Reads "Daphne"
  6. Fall 2023 | Noah Arhm Choi Reads "The Korean Spa After Top Surgery"
  7. Fall 2023 | Melissa Range Reads "JUNO, FAR FROM DORCHESTER, SOUTH CAROLINA, 1733"
  8. Fall 2023 | Amy Sailer Reads “Snakeshead & Honeysuckle”
  9. Fall 2023 | Cindy Juyoung Ok Reads "Your Request for Erasure Is Complete"
  10. Fall 2023 | Rachel Nelson Reads "Diseases of American Slavery (the earth)"