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This is Not a Poem About Leah, Let Alone Zilpah and Bilhah

Today we revisit work by 2018 The Laurence Goldstein Prize winner Jasmine V. Bailey. Bailey’s poem “This is Not a Poem About Leah, Let Alone Zilpah and Bilhah,” appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of MQR and was selected by Raymond McDaniel. It’s impossible to disregard the authority in “This Is Not a Poem about Leah, Let Alone …

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Bonds of Our Devising

On the shows my brother and I would watch back then, the guests and stars wore Stetsons, black or white to designate their corruption or righteousness (a mutable rule, I see: Hopalong Cassidy, on the side of law, had the audacity to garb himself in black, and The Cisco Kid wore a gray sombrero). No …

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“No Shadow But Myself”: Remembering W.S. Merwin

Where to begin commemorating the accomplishments of poet-translator-fictionist-essayist W.S. Merwin?  His translations (of Dante, Mandelstam, Neruda and others) alone constitute a proud life’s work.  His literary honors include the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, two Pulitzers, the National Book Award, the Tanning Prize, the Bollingen Prize, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, the Ruth Lilly …

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Why the Wee-Bots Write: Stories from Young Writers

As we celebrated our 60th year in print and prepared our Fall 2021 “Why We Write” issue we set out to explore the writing happening in MQR’s Southeast Michigan community. With support from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs we hosted series of collaborative workshops with community organizations around us. Our question …

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