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Raritan Quarterly

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Welcome to Raritan, a journal of wide-ranging inquiry that offers writers and readers the opportunity for sustained reflection and aesthetic pleasure, uncluttered by academic jargon. Founded in 1981 by the distinguished literary critic Richard Poirier, and supported by Rutgers University, Raritan aims to reach the common reader in everyone and to provide a particular experience of reading, one that nurtures an engaged and questioning approach to cultural texts of all sorts: literary, artistic, political, historical, sociological, even scientific. Our contributors include some of the most prominent thinkers of our time, as well as talented younger writers whose voices we have just begun to hear.

Selections from our Current Issue

The Radius of Destructive Action II (poetry)
John Canaday

My thoughts are classified & brittle. Even science
seems antiquated, somehow trivial,
& normal life a foreign land & shadowy,
high on the far horizon's dusty arc.

Fox Skeleton (fiction)
John Kinsella

She found the skeleton intact down in the valley -- intact except for the head, which was separated off but not by much. The whole things was almost glowing white surrounded by long, dying grass.

How the Dead Can Dance: Rosamond Purcell's ''Nature Stands Aside''
Christoph Irmscher

Nature Stands Aside, the grand retrospective of Rosamond Purcell's work at the Addison Gallery of American Art, began with a provocative question: ''What kind of genius is Rosamond Purcell?''

Valley of the Gods Series: Self Portrait (painting)
James E. Dupree
Shipping Containers
Stephanie Burt

On 23 March 2021, much of global trade came to a halt. The cargo vessel Ever Given wedged in the Suez Canal. The ship blocked the canal for six whole days; normally fifty ships pass through it each day.

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Spring 2024
Raritan Spring 2024 vol. 43.4 Cover

Winter 2024
433 Winter 2023 Cover

Fall 2023
431 Summer 2023 Cover

Summer 2023

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