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  • December 10, 2014

    THE V-LETTER: A STORY SURVIVED

    * nonfiction by John Felstiner from MQR 53:4 Fall 2014 * I lift up a slim item of frayed, folded pages: a letter, an airmail letter. It’s World War II V ∙ ∙ ∙ — MAIL which I remember well, though less intimately than I recall the newsprint, foil, flimsy War Ration Books, V-Garden carrots, countless crayon sketches of US and RAF planes soaring above flame-drenched landscapes. Also an earl...

  • October 15, 2014

    DOWER CHEST

    * poetry by Kara Van De Graf from MQR 53:3, Summer 2014 * From the grandmother of my grandmother, it lives at the footboard of the bed, passed down to me by my own mother. As a child, I traced the blonde-wood petals of flowers, the garden etched with dark walnut vines. And below, near a lip of scrollwork, two narrow drawers kept in check by a key. It was only when I ...

  • August 15, 2014

    REMEMBERING STEFANIA WORTMAN

    * nonfiction by Marcin Otto, from Stefanie Wortman's essay in MQR 53:3 Summer 2014 * In early 1940, several months into the Nazi occupation, Elektoralna found itself in the middle of a huge quarter called the Warsaw Ghetto, surrounded by a tall wall. Eleonora was Jewish but apparently she abandoned the flat with her children and stayed outside of the Ghetto, concealing their Jewish identities. In ...

  • July 28, 2014

    WE CAN PRACTICE STARTS

    * fiction by Courtney Sender, excerpted from MQR 53:2, Spring 2014 * Look, the truth of the way of the world is that David loves Moira enough to move to the middle of Nothing, England, for her, and Moira doesn’t love David enough to pick up the goddamned phone. All David wants to do is warn her:...

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