Frontispiece ''Lost Cows'' by Thornton Dial Sr.

Thornton Dial Sr.
Lost Cows

Cow skeletons, steel, golf bag, golf ball, mirrors, enamel, and
Splash Zone compound
(76.5 x 91 x 52 inches), 2000-2001

Collection of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
© 2021 Estate of Thornton Dial/Artists Rights Society, New York
Photo by Pitkin Studio/Art Resource, New York

...In a deep well -- say over sixteen meters -- the sun shines only at noon, and not for long...
Summer 2021, page 7

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.

Our contributors include some of the most prominent thinkers of our time—David Bromwich, Adam Phillips, Jacqueline Rose, Pankaj Mishra—as well as talented younger writers whose voices we have just begun to hear—Corey Robin, Elizabeth Samet, Timothy Parrish, Kate Northrop, Jennifer Burns. In fiction, poetry, and translations as well as reflective essays, Raritan shows that probing inquiry is perfectly compatible with personal style, and that intellectual life, at its best, is a form of serious play. We invite you to explore Raritan and, if you like what you see, to subscribe to our magazine.

Jackson Lears
Editor in Chief

Jackson Lears: One Hundred Seconds
Editor's Note — Summer 2020
At what feels like an apocalyptic moment, the nation that has always claimed to play a uniquely redemptive role in world history has suddenly been recast in a different mold. In the richest country on earth, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have turned out to be peculiarly catastrophic. Read more...

Jackson Lears: One Hundred Seconds
Editor's Note — Summer 2020


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Selections from our Summer 2021 issue…

Remembering the Peace Corps: Haute Volta, 1975-1977
George Hutchinson

As one first saw it on the main trail going north, from a high point of these mostly flat lands, Zéguédéguin was spread out, tan and brown compounds well spaced, almost picturesque, on the opposite rise above a seasonal stream, or marigot.

Dante, Duality, and the Function of Allegory
D. M. Black
When I said to friends that I had decided to translate Dante's Purgatorio, several responded: Why? Is another translation necessary? To which the answer was undoubtedly no.

The Queer Art of Ardent Reading: Poems and Partiality
Benjamin Westwood

It is a truth, if not universally acknowledged then at least widely experienced, that even the most devoted readers of verse tend to remember parts of poems rather than the whole thing.

13 Poems about Cyrus
Sylvie Baumgartel
You tell me if I ever need you, to burn a strand of your hair, and
you will come. I collect your hairs from the bed, from the bathtub,
from the sink. I have a small wooden box where I keep your hairs.

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