Essay – Michigan Quarterly Review



Published in Issue 63.1: Winter 2024 Tenderness and purest admiration is the backbone of this rare gift J.D. Scrimgeour offers us with his essay, “Bloomington.” Magnificently vivid memories rendered in delicately crafted sentences create the window through which Scrimgeour invites us inside the private life of a beloved American poet, the first Black male winner …


MQR’s 2024 Pushcart Prize Nominees

Michelle Herman’s “Daily Papers” (Summer ‘23) | Nonfiction Susan Perabo’s “The Best Loved Dog” (Winter ’23) | Fiction Thea Chacamaty’s “Harm Reduction” (Summer ’23) | Fiction Angela Peñaredondo’s “Keeper of Blades” (Spring ’23) | Poetry Martín Espada’s “My Father’s Practice Book” (Summer ‘23) | Poetry Rachel Nelson’s “Diseases of American Slavery” [The earth will try…] …

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Zombie Tag

Published in Issue 63.1: Winter 2024 Winner of the Inaugural James A. Winn Prize in Nonfiction My son wakes up reaching for another’s body—How come you get to sleep with Papa? he asks, I want to sleep holding someone, and means: I want to be held. He pretends to be the thing undead, grunting and …

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Published in Issue 63.1: Winter 2024 My aunt stopped depositing her pension and dividend checks. White wicker utility baskets overflowed with unopened brokerage and bank statements, medical reports, coupons, and co-op newsletters. Ophthalmologist follow-up reminders mingled among a handful of Mass cards, and straggler notes from old friends were stranded between bills. Some loosely bound …


Sun Gets Enemy

They said: the men are enemies, the women are enemies, the children are enemies, the unborn are enemies, the cats are enemies, the fishing boats are enemies, the bakery and its bread are enemies, the hospitals and holy houses are enemies, the fuel is an enemy, the water is an enemy. They said: the men …

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