Frontispiece ''Birds Got to Have Somewhere to Roost'' by Thornton Dial Sr.

Thornton Dial Sr.
Birds Got to Have Somewhere to Roost

Wood, carpet scraps, corrugated tin, burlap,
nails, and enamel on wood
(61.25 x 48 x 10 inches), 2012

Collection of the American Folk Art Museum,
gift of the Thornton Dial Family
© 2021 Estate of Thornton Dial/
Artists Rights Society, New York
Photo by Pitkin Studio/Art Resource, New York

...I didn't plan on going to a graveyard. I thought I was going to the beach...
Spring 2022, page 160

Welcome to Raritan—a journal of wide-ranging inquiry. In the tradition of independent magazines from the Spectator to Partisan Review, Raritan 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.

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Selections from our Spring 2022 issue…

A Stance, an Attitude
Carlo Rotella
There's a ticket stub from a performance of Shostakovich's The Nose at the Metropolitan Opera in 2013 tucked into my father's copy of Leo Strauss's Thoughts on Machiavelli.

Four Poems
Jana Prikryl
Nodding their pages at you
at night they turn into
the first, the earliest trees
when everything you didn't know was darkness in the woods

Letter from Wales
Andy Martin
Wales is Britain's West Coast. I was staying in a secret spot, not far from Fishguard, that with the right swell gets some decent waves.

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