Frontispiece "St. Michael's Church, Baltimore, Maryland" (digital photograph)

Dylan Foglesong
St. Michael's Church
Baltimore, Maryland

Digital photograph, April 2018

...The wrappers would uncrumple and crackle inside the Burger King bag, a sign of more food and that things can continue even after they seem finished...
Summer 2022, page 5

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.

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Selections from our Summer 2022 issue…

The Point of Poetry
James Longenbach
In 1527 Thomas Wyatt was sent on a diplomatic mission by the court of Henry VIII. Returning from Venice, he was captured by Spanish troops, who demanded three thousand ducats as ransom.

Letter from Paris
Jessica Riskin
Among the living beings to whom my daughter Madeleine formed ardent attachments as a little girl is a Prunus Sato-zakura 'Shirotae' ("snow white" in Japanese), or Japanese cherry tree, living in the Jardin des plantes in Paris.

The Road to Revolution
C. Felix Amerasinghe
On 27 January 2009, Arunachalam Mahadevabalasingham, who would later appreciate being called Bob, pores over a chess set in his grandparents' shack, which doubles as a coconut stall.

Two for E. P.
Richard Sieburth
swoops back
                      to earth
in the span of a bird
no heavier
                 than a whispered word

Fühlung: On a Cache of Family Photos
Christoph Irmscher
I have never seen myself as someone who would spend time on those sites that allow you, with a few mouse clicks, to find copies of the documents your ancestors kept in trunks or drawers or had long ago lost: a marriage certificate, an application for a passport, immigration forms.

Summer 2022

Spring 2022
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Winter 2022
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Fall 2021