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Survival as a Creative Act: An Interview with Jennifer Sperry Steinorth

Jennifer Sperry Steinorth is the author of A Wake with Nine Shades (2019) and Her Read, A Graphic Poem (2021), both published by Texas Review Press. Her work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Missouri Review, Cincinnati Review, and here at Michigan Quarterly Review (MQR Volume 53, Issue 3 and MQR Mixtape Issue 4). An …

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City Settles Lawsuit Over Handcuffed Man Killed By Police. i choose to believe he’s an angel. not that this death is heroic. there is no honor in dying this way. 2 Of The Officers Involved In George Floyd’s Death Will Testify During Federal Civil Rights Trial. whose rights are civil. i tell my nephew to …

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Pandemic Playground

May 2020 Weeds creep up the slide, the jungle gym, and the swings hang twisted, bound together, off-limits now, like the grade school—the one where I go to vote, the one my sons attended. I used to watch them climb the slide—slip and laugh, scramble their way up—fighting gravity. Next week, my younger son—teaching 5th …

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after Langston Hughes For the Fall 2022 special issue of MQR, “Fractured Union: American Democracy on the Brink,” we reached out to a range of esteemed authors to write short essays that respond to Langston Hughes’s poem “Let America Be America Again.” For more from the special folio, “On Langston Hughes’s ‘Let America Be America Again,’” you …


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