Eye, a stone become blood, / late from the eye of God, / plummets bird-like on the riverbed. / Does it pierce the light or create it? What does it expect / in its falling–from its falling? Perhaps / it sees something, searches for something in sleep among the / flowers, / disturbed by its arrival, poor river-flowers, rust-colored umbels / under a dream-rain that foresees the future.
What’s happening, did you hear? / I want to get home to catch the news tonight / but can’t say no to someone who needs a ride / —there’s no metro again? / There’s always something. / We’re losing our minds in all this. / But you know I’m a Socialist, I’ve never / voted for anything right-wing, ever, but / what’s happened to him—he’s a good guy / you know. I’ve had him in this cab / when he was the minister of education, / he’s a good guy, I mean I like him / but something’s wrong, how did he get us / into this crazy situation?
Why our continuing attraction to Greece? There is something in that small country out there on the edge of Europe that doesn’t feel like the rest of the continent. Part of the attraction is certainly to the very different modern history, and to a landscape shaped by human use yet still oddly wild.
Meet the poets, essayists, and fiction writers of MQR 55:4, featuring a special section of poetry on Greece.
Our Fall 2016 issue features a special poetry section: Returning to Greece. Presenting work by Lauren K. Alleyne, Christopher Bakken, Natalie Bakopoulos, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, Adrianne Kalfopoulou, and Allison Wilkins.
Plus: John Haggerty encounters the passion of sheepdogs, David McDannald answers the knock on the door, Natania Rosenfeld remembers the land of Prapruninma, and Ilan Stavans considers dying in Hebrew.
Fiction from Vivienne Chen, John J. Clayton, Steven Gillis, Ofir Oz, Jennie Rathbun, Kayla Whaley, and Bess Winter.
Poetry from Marianne Boruch, Rasaq Malik, Sara McKinnon, Eric Rivera, and Laura Wetherington.