When you cross the border into our state, whether on the highway or arriving in an airport, the first thing you see is a sign proclaiming that you have entered something called “Pure Michigan.” As an advertising slogan, this has always struck me as bizarre. For one thing, purity is not a high value of mine; there seems something vaguely Nazi-ish about it to my jaundiced Jewish eyes. (What next? A picture of Henry Ford accompanied by the words Arbeit macht frei?) Second, our state (like the country as a whole) is a congeries of contradictory populations—the heavily African-American city of Detroit balanced by the mostly white west side of the state; the wealthy, if not plush, suburbs balanced by the rugged and impoverished Upper Peninsula.
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Meet the poets, essayists, fiction writers, and translators of MQR 55:1: Philip Beidler traces the life of poet Gertrud Kolmar against the rise of Hitler in “This Way to the Führerbunker,” Meghan Forbes examines Lucia Moholy’s place in the life and the legacy of the Bauhaus, Caille Millner explores four gangland murders and the code of honor, and Derek Mong muses about nakedness and poetry. New fiction from Sara Batkie, Ruchama King Feuerman, Ashley Morrow Hermsmeier, and Glori Simmons. New poetry from Joel Brouwer, Laura McCullough, Shivani Mehta, Caille Millner, Marilyn Nelson, Jóanes Nielsen, Diana Reaves, David Roderick, John Rybicki, Chelsea Wagenaar.