“The Saturday Club,” by Josh Bettinger, appears in the Winter 2019 Issue of MQR. I wanted to tell you but decided against it because the cut of the weekend is real— I did not wash the car I am not on a diet I watched the
“Elegy for Killmonger With My Own Pain Entering Frame,” by Cortney Lamar Charleston, appeared in the Winter 2019 Issue of MQR. Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors that jumped from the ships because they knew death was better than bondage— yeah, I heard about what
Amy Beeder’s Leviathan reminds us that some of our most powerful enemies find their source in daily routine. In the poem, the speaker’s aging father suffers a fall, forcing him into assisted living. The fall portends the speaker’s uneasy relationship with their own ability– “Can
It starts with hunger. Eating with your eyes.
What else we can consume. Digest the news.
The waiting room, abjection seen in flashes.
The hoopla of the morning sun interrupts
a man’s morbidity, doesn’t it?
—It has no capacity
to instruct us, whose hearts grow