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10 Questions for Jennifer Schomburg Kanke

- By Edward Clifford

Five miles from Buchtel
              the snow has turned to rain,
                            the creek laps the edges of the road.

Tomorrow the ground
                will freeze again, flood
                              trapped, no place to go
—from "Rt. 13, Late May," Volume 62, Issue 4 (Winter 2021)

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10 Questions for Craig Santos Perez

- By Edward Clifford

I drop my daughter off at her first day

of preschool—re-opened after a year closure.

Masked teachers, unvaccinated children.
—from "Preschool Sonnet during the Pandemic," Volume 62, Issue 4 (Winter 2021)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
The first poem I wrote that was published in a literary journal was titled, “The Lust of Emperors,” and it was about how soldiers are sacrificed during war, and it includes a memory of my dad, who was drafted to fight in the American war in Vietnam.

What writer(s) or works have influenced the way you write now?
I have been deeply influenced by an older generation of Pacific Islander writers, including Albert Wendt, Haunani-...


Our America

A Fascism for Our Time

- By Harry Harootunian

Editor's Note: First posted precisely one year ago, we can think of nothing more appropriate to revisit on this dark anniversary than Harry Harootunian's chilling and incisive diagnosis of our world today.

(Image: Ben Shahn, Walking Figures: circa 1960, silkscreen.)

Abstract

“A Fascism for Our Time” focuses on how the accidental convergence of global capital and the COVID pandemic, by traveling the same route, has inadvertently unveiled unraveling circumstances in our political, economic, and social life that easily point to the possible formation of a fascist political imaginary in the United States, if not its...


The Next Best Thing

All Are Worthy of Song

- By Barbara Krauthamer

Editor's Note: On December 3, 2021, at the Old Chapel on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, friends, colleagues, and community members met to celebrate the work of UMass Professor of English and MR Contributing Editor Martín Espada, to recognize his singular achievements—during his long career but also in a single year where his most recent collection of poems, Floaters, received the National Book Award and where he received one of the inaugural Letras Boricuas Fellowships. Before a reading by the poet, the following introduction was provided by Barbara Krauthamer, Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

It is now my pleasure and...


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10 Questions for Jeannine Hall Gailey

- By Edward Clifford

Milkmen returned to their jobs.

Sales of private jets and air purifiers went through the roof.

There were shortages, but they were short-lived:coins, toilet paper, bleach.
—from "Things I Forgot to Tell You about the End of the World," Volume 62, Issue 4 (Winter 2021)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
One of the first poems I remember writing was when I was seven years old. We lived near the Oak Ridge National Labs (and my father consulted there) where some nuns just a few years ago were arrested for protesting building nuclear weapons, or the nuclear waste, or just trespassing on the grounds? Something. Anyway, to me it was a very sinister seeming place. I wrote a very clever (I thought) poem about...


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