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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

Ornithology

“Ornithology,” by Alan Michael Parker, appears in the Winter 2019 Issue of MQR. When a bird flew into my window and made a hard and soft death sound, I found her in the dirt below and I fixed a cardboard nest for her and fed her

Future Theory

“Future Theory,” by Andrew Hemmert, appears in the Winter 2019 Issue of MQR. Now let’s all take a deep breath and start over. Hello, my name is mostly water. My name is I have never known a world other than this one. You too? Maybe you

Negative Capability

“Negative Capability,” by Yusef Komunyakaa,  appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review’s Summer 1999 issue. We bring you this poem from The MQR Archives. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ The honeysuckle vines are certain They’ll be here tomorrow morning, Unhushed scent reaching into next month, As I rest the scythe against a

An Unfunded Study of the Afterbirth

“An Unfunded Study of the Afterbirth” by Sarah Wolfson, appears in the Winter 2019 Issue of MQR. When it had been seen to     that the grayness had         receded, that the birthed   could breath and suck, that     the mother had uptaken several stitches