Category: Poetry

Last but not Least: A Haiku by Uchimura Kaho

I have a little tradition of making sure that I post the final work to appear in each issue of NDQ. Maybe I do this because I don’t want it to be missed, or maybe it reflects my little habit of flipping to the back of a magazine to see

Poetry and Yard Work

It’s autumn here in North Dakotaland and that means that we are enjoying the last gasp burst of color from the trees along rivers and streams, a certain smokey crispness in the air, and the drone of leaf blowers and lawn mowers that anticipates the guttural growl of the snow blower.

Poetry from Cyndie Zikmund

As we’ve entered week two of the semester, my practicum course on editing and publishing has once again selected a poem to appear this week on the webpage from our most recent issue NDQ 89.1/2. Cyndie Zikmund’s “Man on Twitter Who Isn’t Your Friend” embodies the tension between the world of

A Poem by Ron Dowell: I reckon a move to Cube

Living here in North Dakota it is sometimes easy to think of poetry as being an overly bucolic affair. This is, of course, insane (or at least not very smart). After all, one of my favorite books of poetry published in recent years is Jim Daniels’ Gun/Shy which is firmly

The Poetry of Jimmy Carter

Last month Lane Chasek, whose poem “Surviving Mardi Gras” we published in North Dakota Quarterly 87.3/4, posted a cool little story about his grandmother and NDQ on his blog. He recounted that his grandmother read few literary journals and NDQ was one of them because we published a handful of Jimmy Carter’s poems

Poetry: A Cigarette is Always a Prop

I have a soft spot for poems that feature objects. Maybe this marks my enduring attraction to Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons or maybe it speaks to my professional interests as an archaeologist. This week, I’ll indulge my soft spot and feature a poem by David Starkey called “A Cigarette is

A Poem by Diane Webster: Man Pickup

As someone who likes a nice pickup truck and lives in a community full of pickup trucks, a poem about pickup trucks will always get my attention. Diane Webster’s poem “Man Pickup” will resonate with anyone who lives in a town with plenty of pickup trucks. More than that, it

“Son, I just told you”: On Believing and the Poetry of John Poff

It’s summertime and in the U.S. this still means baseball. It seems fitting, then, to feature some poetry from John Poff who was a major leaguer and is a brilliant poet. As our poetry editor, Paul Worley, points out in his introduction, his work isn’t so much about baseball as

Special Section on Literature in Translation

While North Dakota Quarterly relies on subscriptions to stay afloat, we also do all we can to make sure that we attract both new readers and new contributors. This means whenever possible, we let readers enjoy the Quarterly for free in the hope that it inspires them to contribute in the future

Mildly Ekphrastic Poetry: Timothy Dodd’s Tenebrists

Recently, we have enjoyed an uptick in what I’d broadly call ekphrastic poetry here at North Dakota Quarterly. These poems describe, meditate on, and celebrate art (and architecture) while offering us new, transmedia, transhistorical, windows into the human condition.   This week, we’ll feature Timothy Dodd’s poem “Tenebrist” from NDQ 88:3/4 not only to showcase

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