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. 86, No. 2, Spring

An Elliptical Essay on Violence
ON APRIL 16, 2007, a young man who had been one of my students the previous semester walked into a building on campus armed with a 9mm Glock 19 and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, chained the doors closed behind him, and proceeded to murder everyone...
DARK REFUSALS: The Poetry of Tadeusz Rózewicz
Tadeusz Rózewicz is a poet of dark refusals, hard negations. He is a naked or impure poet ("I crystallize impure poetry," he writes), an anti-poet relentlessly, even ruthlessly determined to tell the truth, however painful it may be. He scorns the idea...
From the Vqr Vault: The Us Presence in Afghanistan
"Those of us serving with the United Nations in Afghanistan first heard the word Taliban' around the middle of 1994. The group, headed by a shadowy, one-eyed 'Mullah Umar,' appeared mysteriously on the scene in Kandahar, southeast Afghanistan's major...
Graveyard of Empires
NINE MONTHS ON THE GROUND IN OBAMA'S AFGHANISTANEverything seemed to be going exactly to plan. For the first week after Operation Moshtarak was launched under cover of darkness on February 13, NATO and Afghan troops lived up to the offensive's lofty...
Haiti, Fallen
Haiti, as it turns out, isn't particularly prone to earthquakes. Hurricanes and political turmoil, yes: it seems that every few years Haiti is buffeted with one or the other of those, and, either way, lots of people are killed. But earthquakes aren't...
Most Dangerous, Most Unmerciful
On the eve of Afghanistan's historic election, nothing seemed apt to change.Kabul, August 2009YOU KNOW HOW IT IS.You can't run off to every bombing even with a presidential election just days away.When I started here in 2001, 1 could chase them down...
The Bombing at Bala Baluk
Are errant air strikes and night raids jeopardizing American efforts in Afghanistan?THE BURN WARD at Herat regional hospital is the best public facility of its kind in Afghanistan. It was opened with American aid money to handle the influx of women setting...
The Path to Yaghestan
In the remote mountain villages of Afghanistan, fighting factionalism may be like fighting gravity."The people ofAfghanistan represent many things in this conflict - an audience, an actor, and a source of leverage - but above all, they are the objective"-...
The Talking Season
Winter brings a brief calm to eastern Afghanistanand reveals the deepest challenges of the war.THE SOLDIERS AT THE GATE are not pleased that I have invited a Taliban commander for tea."What the fuck?" they say, laughing but sort of not laughing. "You...
Unapproachable LIGHT
As recently as 2005, Camp Bondsteel was purported to be a secret interrogation site for the American military. So why does predominantly Muslim Kosovo love it so much?When the power goes out, which it does several times a day, life in Ferizaj turns livelier....
Workshopping the Next Generation of American War Literature
In addition to precipitating the Baby Boom, the rise of the suburbs, the expansion of higher education, and a growing sophistication of the national palate, the flood of soldiers returning home after the end of World War II had a signal impact on American...