The Virginia Quarterly Review

The Virginia Quarterly Review is a magazine focusing on current and historical literary subjects. Since it was founded in 1925, it is produced quarterly. The magazine is published by the Virginia Quarterly Review.Subjects for The Virginia Quarterly Review include literature and literary reviews. The editor is Ted Genoways. Contributing editors are Molly Minturn and Kevin Morrissey

Articles from Vol. 84, No. 2, Spring

A Gallant Little Army: The Mexico City Campaign
A Gallant Little Army: The Mexico City Campaign, by Timothy D. Johnson. Kansas, September 2007. $39.95Closely following developments from England, the Duke of Wellington praised General Winfield Scott's Mexico City campaign as an event "unsurpassed in...
A Wall of Two: Poems of Resistance and Suffering from Kraków to Buchenwald and Beyond
A Wall of Two: Poems of Resistance and Suffering from Kraków to Buchenwald and Beyond, by Henia Karmel and Ilona Karmel, adapted by Fanny Howe. California, October 2007. $16.95 paperSisters Ilona and Henia Karmel were seventeen and twenty years old when...
Charlie Don't Surf
"It Is the fate of most voyagers, no sooner have they discovered what Is most interesting in any locality, then they are hurried from it..."-CHARLES DARWIN, VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLEA container ship the size of a prone Chrysler Building slides silently past...
Embeddedness
Robert Irwin in His SeventiesHARD TO BELIEVE how I myself am now older, older by far, than Robert Irwin was when we first began having our conversations, coming on thirty years ago. Fresh out of college, a classic, overstuffed instance of surplus education,...
Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America's Soul
CURRENT EVENTS Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America's Soul, by Michael Reid. Yale, January 2008. $30Reid, who has covered Latin America for twenty-five years for the BBC, the Guardian, and now the Economist, has written an overview of a...
Forward into the Past
Reading the New CriticsGreat poetry is not a matter of memorable snippets and gobbets; but, without snippets worth remembering, poetry does not exist. The critic must give meaning to memory, yet there has long been an argument about what that work requires....
Jamie's Hair
For our son, a teacher of German, among the slain at Virginia Tech, April 16, 2007i. He scooped it with deft, long-fingered hands and tamed it with an elastic band, or let it hang loose on the flat bony cliff of his back. His hair declared him his own...
Learning to Speak: The New Age of HIV/AIDS in the Other Jamaica
There are two Jamaicas.Tourists see the north coast country-its all-inclusive hotels, sunny beaches, and high-end restaurants-and a few fleeting glimpses of what most believe is the worst privation they have ever witnessed. They see half-naked children,...
Look, Up in the Sky!
Dulce Pinzón wanted to revise our idea of superheroes.As a photographer living in New York in the days after 9/11, she became fascinated by the intense images of extraordinary heroism on that day-heroism that, she is quick to point out, richly deserved...
Love Song for the Mother of No Children
You followed Oleta Esteban every time you saw her. At the grocery store she was buying frozen peas, milk and bread, chicken broth, two bananas. Is this what women ate after they lost their children? Oleta looked as if she scavenged crumbs left for birds,...
Man Oh Man-It's Manna Man
Janie Satterfield does not recalculate. She tries to block out the howling dogs and cats. There's enough money for a week of food-two weeks if a Christian Youth Group comes in and adopts half the strays. Sometimes she dreams of this: If every Boy and...
Motel Makeshift Lullaby
When you scream again from the towel-padded drawer, I'm awake already,listening to the snow-squall & semis leaning into night, to Lee Marvinmuttering one-liners next door, someone slurring Baby, I need some ice.For an hour, I've heard you too, thrashing...
MY INTERVIEW with the AVENGER
BELOVED, CELEBRATED, AND VERY, VERY FAMOUS, THE AVENGER AT LONG LAST STEPS OUT OF HIS CRIMEFIGHTING SHADOWS-FOR A ONE-ON-ONE MEETING WITH THE LAST MAN IN AMERICA WHO OPPOSES HIM.This is a story about heroes. Yes, it is also a profile of a famous man,...
Rory's Story
1. A SHORT CRONICLE OF A LONG CHILDHOODIT IS AN UNUSUALLY WARM MORNING in San Francisco. My parents are sitting on the back porch reading the paper, sipping coffee. Suddenly, there is the sound of broken glass as I come flying through the window behind...
Shakespeare Unbound: Decoding a Hidden Life
Shakespeare Unbound: Decoding a Hidden Life, by Rene Weis. Henry Holt, October 2007. $32.50At the shallow end of Shakespearean scholarship are the cocktail party arguments concerning his/her identity. At the deep end are the plays and poems themselves,...
THE 13th EGG
September 1946EVERETT HAD NO IDEA how long his parents had been standing outside his bedroom door. He hadn't heard them knock or try the knob, hadn't heard them call out. But by the time he opened the door his father was kneeling at the lock with a screwdriver...
The CHRISTIAN with FOUR ACES
For nearly half a century, Pat Robertson has built a media juggernaut on the twin foundations of religious fundamentalism and hard-nosed politics. He has enjoyed unmatched influence, but is it the end of an era?1I SPOILED PAT ROBERTSON'S BIRTHDAY.I know,...
The Great American Poem
If this were a novel,it would begin with a character,a man alone on a southbound trainor a young girl on a swing by a farmhouse.And as the pages turned, you would be toldthat it was morning or the dead of night,and I, the narrator, would describefor...
The Jack Bank
As a child-skinny as a grasslands cheetah, freckled on my legs, arms, chest, stomach, and eyelids-I have simply no idea that experiences like the jack bank are meant for people like me. I am, after all, white South African. In my case, this means that...
The Stories of Strangers: MEXICAN EX-VOTO PAINTINGS
While visiting a church in Guadalupe in 1917, David Alfaro Siquieros, the great muralist painter of the Mexican Revolution, found, "along with broken candelabras and other typical church adornments," a "true mountain" of small paintings tossed carelessly...