April 18, 2014
* fiction by Rachel May, excerpted from MQR 53:1 Winter 2014 *
And the old ones, the ones who were afraid, looked at each other and sat down, and cried. They threw up their hands. They said, You’re going to do it, anyway, aren’t you? And the new ones said, Yes. And the old ones said, All our work? And the new ones said, We’re sorry. And they all knelt down, and began to pull back the grass....
April 3, 2014
* 2013 MQR Prizewinners * Michigan Quarterly Review has awarded this year’s trio of literary prizes: The Lawrence Foundation Prize goes to Cody Peace Adams, the Laurence Goldstein Prize to Benjamin Busch and the Page Clayton Prize for Emerging Poets to Anne Barngrover ... ...
March 10, 2014
* fiction by Amber Burke *
In the white bathroom light, she can see all the orange hairs poking out of her arms and her legs. She stares at the ring on her finger, the ring Bruce bought her last night on an installment plan, gold-gold with a fleck of diamond inside a flower shape.
February 18, 2014
*announcement by Vicki Lawrence*
Going to be in Seattle for the AWP conference? Check out MQR's special event and special deals:...
April 16, 2014
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* Claire Skinner *
If you're a poet (or anyone with a sensitive personality prone to changeable moods), Spring can pose some emotional challenges. It can be grating--cruel, even--when the beauty of the outside world (daffodils! baby robins! teens in love!) seems at odds with whatever's going on in the hidden cupboards of the self.…
April 14, 2014
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* Kevin Haworth *
The core problem with Muppets Most Wanted is that it contains no grief. In the new movie, the Muppets are back, with the world no longer needing to mourn their absence. Miss Piggy, too, has returned, filling that pork-shaped hole in Kermit’s chest. Yes, things are happening—shows are being staged and crimes are being solved—but it all just feels like objects in motion staying in motion. Kermit gets shipped off to a gulag, but, notably, he doesn’t seem all that sad about it.…
April 13, 2014
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* Paula Mendoza *
A poem spoken before an audience is a public and amorphous act ...…
* Mary Camille Beckman *
Leslie Jamison's debut collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, released April 1st from Graywolf Press, and reviewed here. …