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Honor Jones

Honor Jones earned her B.A. from the University of Virginia. Her prose has been published in the Chronicle of Higher Education and in the Summer 2007 and Winter 2008 issues of VQR.


Hayden Carruth in VQR: The Earth Too Cried Out for Justice

October 2, 2008

Hayden Carruth published work with the Virginia Quarterly Review for nearly forty years, and he remains the only poet to have won VQR’s Emily Clark Balch Prize more than once. In his long life in letters, he published literary criticism, essays, a [...]


Fall 2008 | Poetry

We dug potatoes from their cabinets of soil, watched
the belly of the earth turn over in its grave, a glimpse of flesh
through darkening ground, roots and greenlings—then the plow.

Branding Barack

January 4, 2008 | Essays

Last night, as the results from the Iowa caucuses began to look conclusive, MSNBC’s co-anchor Chris Matthews marveled at the significance of the moment in American history: the people of Iowa (what many in the media have taken to calling “lily-white Iowa”) had chosen “Barack Hussein Obama” as their Democratic candidate. On Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough, Matthews returned to his musing of last night: “I tell you, it’s going to be a headline all over the world: ‘Barack Hussein Obama wins first presidential test in America.’” This is hardly the first time that the cable news channels have expressed fascination with Obama’s name—his full name.


Ashbery Honored

August 30, 2007 | Poetry

After months puzzling over the literal meaning and possible implications of Fat Joe’s “I make it rain,” mtvU fans are moving on to even more challenging artists. John Ashbery, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, a MacArthur Fello [...]