MQR is pleased to announce to the winners of our 2019 Prizes: The Goldstein Poetry Prize: Selected by Linda Gregerson Carolyn Oliver’s “Reading Szymborska Under a Harvest Moon” Among a richly varied group of finalists, “Reading Szymborska under a Harvest Moon” stood out for its
In Rilke’s great poem, “Statue of an Archaic Apollo,” the poet articulates the moral statement which the wonderfully wrought torso proclaims: “You must change your life.” Is this the message of the modern Apollo? And if so, how is it we must change?
I was stunned by the long first paragraph of “Harmony of the World.” I set down the story and took a deep breath, thinking that if the rest of the story were this well written and as secure in its rhetorical structure, this narrative would fulfill Milton’s prescription for greatness. It would be read appreciatively a hundred years hence, just as in 1980 we read short fiction by Henry James and Stephen Crane, and poems by Emily Dickinson.