August 15, 2014
* 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
* 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:...
July 2, 2014
* nonfiction by Christopher Kempf, excerpted from MQR 53:2, Spring 2014 * I began to understand by the second beer that I'd been misled in more than mere appearances. Aubrey was not, as she suggested in the “What I'm doing with my life” section of her profile, “petting every single dog she saw” for a living, but was, like so many young San Franciscan hipsters I'd been trying to avoid, work...
May 21, 2014
poetry by G. C. Waldrep, excerpted from MQR 53:2, Spring 2014
I came to love late,
as in a forest clearing
one walks at dusk
& spies, in the
pale clump, un-
suspected, not there
just a few hours
before: indian pipe,...
'by Jeremy Allan Hawkins'
In Alsatian, “Stockfeld” means something like “field recently reclaimed from the forest,” and it was the name of a rural satellite village six kilometers south of Strasbourg. At the turn of the twentieth century it was mostly agricultural, and relatively distant from urban life. It was here that the city planners decided to build 457 new housing units for the working class who were displaced by La Grande Percée, and to do so in the spirit of the Garden City Movement.…
* Mary Camille Beckman *
To me, Solmaz Sharif’s poem “Vulnerability Study” is perfect.…
* Ann Marie Thornburg *
I imagine or sheepishly hope there are others of you out there who, like me, feel inexplicably drawn and yet feel compelled to figure out what constitutes the leash that ropes you to your pet poem. So I “begin it again,” the work of reading this one.…
September 12, 2014
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* Elizabeth Schmuhl *
Spanish choreographer and former member of Netherlands Dans Theatre Iván Pérez will set his piece "Flesh" on eight dancers from River North Dance Chicago for their 25th Anniversary season, which takes place on October 10th and 11th at the Harris Theater. This will be his first time his work will be set and performed in the United States. Pérez graciously allowed me to interview him before he sets out on this important voyage.…