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. 87, No. 3, Summer

All Rivers Lead to the Sea
AS A CHILD, OrIDIA PAREDES DREAMED of walls. For the daughter of itinerant fishermen in Chilean Patagonia, daily life was built not around a house or a neighborhood, but the sea - and for Paredes, walls became a symbol of the life that her parents were...
Any Place to Go
Days later, not long after we left the convent,the war ended. I promised to take her directlyto the train station, but the sight of heron the back seat scrambling out of that uniform,and the highway opening up, well, what can I saybut we're all sinners...
Australian Poets
It used to be said when I was an undergraduate back in the early 1970s that Australians bought more poetry books per capita than people in any other country. I remember that the bookshops in Canberra, where I was studying, always had shelves of poetry,...
Cod World
Can Iceland save its fisheries without killing its fishing industry?Time is like water, and the water is cold and deep . . .- S te inn Steiner, Icelandic poet (1908-1958)"ID YOU SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS last night?" Captain Geiry asks. He smiles and tosses...
Consider the Lobstermen
Boom and Bust in Maine's Last Great FisheryRick Trundy does not like staying ashore, even when the wind is blowing twenty knots. It's 4:30 in the morning in mid -April, early in the lobster season, and while most of the lobstermen in Stonington, Maine,...
Cyclops
My grandfather's right eye was a frozen slabof milk-white ice that light never thawedand when he slept, the lid didn't drownthe curse of its constant stare.Look at it long and you'd be salt, stonefear's hard form. And look we did,though we blinked against...
Doctor Friendly
He was an example of anti-nominal determinism,though he was friendly in manner, kindlyexplaining that my light headednessand the cold nausea moving through meprobably, most likely, was the Novocainhe'd shot twice into a vein or vessel,instead of numbing...
Fishermen
The footsteps of one man cannot create a stampede- Igbo proverbWe were fishermen.Father first called us so after he whipped us sore for fishing at the Ala stream in the summer of May 1995. Earlier that year, the bank had transferred him from our hometown...
From the Vqr Vault: Shipboard
"A tiny sealer plunges towards the North. Already it is beyond the Arctic Circle, beyond 66.30, where the spring days edge farther and farther into the nights. Soon all darkness is gone, now only, a few hours of dusk between one sun and another. Then...
Rising Tides
As sea levels climb, the elders of Kuna YaIa fear they may be flooded out of their ancestral homeTHE SAHlLAS, OR WISE ELDERS OF KUNA YaIa, will swing in their hammocks after dinner when the moon rises at night. There, within walking distance from the...
South
HE WOKE ME LATE LAST NIGHT. He SAT ON THE edge of my bed with a bag in his lap. When I rolled over to turn the lamp on, he put the bag to my chest.We need to go now, he said.This time I didn't question.The first three times they'd sent him home. The...
Summer Rain Front, North Coast
A summer rain front laces a trailing hat of mistaround the headland's mountain: a saucer of mistscraping the treetops hanging over rock outcropsImagine it whispering through the branches,caught on the slopeThe mountain wears its hat like a Chinese boatmanOnly...
The Boundless Sea
SAVING OUR THREATENED FISHERIESMy bounty is as boundless as the sea,My love as deep; the more I give to thee,The more I have, for both are infinite.- Shakespeare, Romeo and JulietIn 1768, Benjamin Franklin, then postmaster general of England's colonies...
The Hottest Blood
Journeys of the Atlantic Bluefin TunaThey say the sea is cold, but the sea contains the hottest blood of all, and the wildest, the most urgent- D. H. Lawrence, "Whales Weep Not!"UNDER THE MIAMI SKYLINE, BENEATH bits of trash collected at the margin of...
The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef
THE MORE THEY'VE BEEN SHRINKING, the bigger it's been getting, though maybe that's the wrong way to put it. The world's great coral reefs, that is, and in particular Australia's Great Barrier Reef, on the one hand - and, on the other, the Great Hyperbolic...
The Lake at the Bottom of the Bottom
IT'S 8 A.M. IN THE BOTTOM, AND THE SUN already feels like a flashlight in my eyes. A guar dabarr anco, Nicaragua's national bird, flicks its two -pronged tail feathers on the jury-rigged power line behind Edda Montes's house of scrap wood, sheet metal,...
The Seaward Peep
Call Me lshmael, by Charles Olson. Johns Hopkins, October 1997 (reissue). $25A Whaler's Dictionary, by Dan Beach -Quick, Milkweed, November 2008. $20Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea, by Donovan Hohn, Viking, March 2011. $27.95Moby-Dick...
What Some Other Guys Can Call the Byron Story: Miami, 1996
FOR TWENTY DOLLARS, THIS DUDE NAMED Byron promised to beat the crap out of you. That's pretty much what the flyer said, and the flyer was all over the neighborhood. The first one we noticed was up high on the half-dead palm tree in front ofthat kid Ricky's...