“Every poem is a struggle for me. I have to chisel away until maybe I find a smooth surface to base the rest of the poem on.”
“We live a universe where, out of nothing, a new universe might spring, why ultimately I became a writer: so I could live a life creating wonder and magic ‘out of nothing.’”
Volume XXXVIII | Number 4
Selections from our latest issue available now:
Poetry by Safiya Sinclair and Javier Zamora
An Book Review Essay by David S. Reynolds
And excerpts from pieces by David Bergman and Neil Mathison
[If only we could only talk with our hands—just]
If only we could only talk with our hands—just
fingers & palms & those small bones, twenty-seven,
distinct, from tip through wrist, most firmly bound—
I’d apologize less for all the wrong things I say.
The problem, I guess, is mouths. So cavernous, maybe.
Drunk. Split almost open. And I found myself laughing at the window at the violence outside, a man yelling at a woman who walked quickly away from him, crossing through the dark, sudden emptiness of the street to its opposing…
In The Beauty, Jane Hirshfield ushers in moments of revelation through poems at once earthly and philosophical, exploring everything from cellophane to the proteins that thread the speaker’s spine.…
Given all the allusions Valeria Luiselli makes in her ambitious second novel The Story of My Teeth, it’s either very peculiar or very telling that there aren’t any references to Edgar Allan Poe’s 1835 short story…
KR Podcast with Stanley Plumly
In this month’s podcast, poet Stanley Plumly talks with contributing editor Maggie Smith about differences in writing poetry or prose, process and the importance of revision, and writing about Keats. Plumly also reads the poem “Dutch Elm” from his new book.…
David Lynn tells Why We Chose It, 8 reasons to attend the KR Writers Workshop, and more!
Kenyon Review‘s Summer Reading Recommendations!
The Winners of the 2016 KR Short Fiction Contest, Why We Chose It by David Baker, and much more!