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Fall 2020: A Special Issue on Persecution

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MQR Issue 59:4, Fall 2020

Announcing the release of MQR 59:3 Cover Art courtesy of  Amy Sara Carroll and Donna Senf Carroll Table of Contents Foreword Reginald Dwayne Betts: A Requiem for Suffering Fiction Wesley Brown: Tragic Magic Gloria L. Huang: Another Escape Alberto Reyes Morgan: Salt Matthew Pitt: A Shambles Nonfiction Esmat Elhalaby: Los Angeles Intifada Randall Horton: And …

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Letters from Daddy: Winner of the Page Davidson Clayton Prize for Emerging Poets

Letters from Daddy (29) 1. My love child of song, child of some place names aren’t meant — needed, if you can hear me in this prison yard, then I sing prayer like gospel in a four wall monstrosity of scribbled letters. + Mothers are apricot trees to pick from and fathers are mountains you …

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The City Vs. MLK

So, when she told me not to leave the car as she prepared to respond to a potentially violent situation, I experienced a surge of protectiveness and guilt out of a dereliction of chivalry. I fought the urge to go with her, nodding to show I understood her authority. I became hyper-aware of the straps of the seatbelt binding me to the passenger seat of her police cruiser.

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Devil Always Thought Pelagius Was a Second-Rate Christian

Why I Chose It: Michigan Quarterly Review Reader David Freeman introduces Charlie Clark’s poem, “Devil Always Thought Pelagius Was a Second-Rate Christian,” from our Fall 2020 Issue. When I read Charlie Clark’s virtuosic poem, “Devil Always Thought Pelagius Was a Second-Rate Christian,” I am conflicted. To be clear, I am not conflicted about the poem’s content — it is …

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Hold Your Mud

In 2013, Indian American poet, editor, and professor Ravi Shankar was sentenced to a 90-day pretrial detention at Hartford Correctional Center, a level 4 high-security urban jail, for violating his probation for a DUI offense by driving while his license was suspended. During that time, he became the first American academic to be promoted while …

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