“‘Beauty’ as a word doesn’t necessarily articulate anything particular. To see a bluebell—sky-blue bright in spring woods, numerous blossoms nodding on each stem—does.”
This month’s newsletter features KR‘s summer reading recommendations!
“Sometimes I feel like a journalist. I travel and research and read and learn and that feeds my writing.”
Volume XXXIX | Number 3
Selections from our latest issue available now:
Poetry by Kazim Ali, Katy Didden, Rose McLarney and Ryan Patrick Smith;
An essay by Paula Carter and Meggan Kehrli and an excerpt from an essay by Gretchen Henderson;
And David S. Reynolds reviews Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, The Slaves Cause: A History of Abolition by Manisha Sinha, and The Scorpion’s Sting: Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War by James Oakes.
YouTube: Broadcast Yourself
Go ahead, keep clicking around,
one of these days you’ll find yourself
in the little swamp of blame
where people post the Black Pearls,
Perle Nere, fiasco, immortal voices cracking,
the singing kite plunging, tangling, bursting into flame,
My stepfather was a painter and photographer of birds. His name was Frank, but I called him Finch, and he called me Loon, which was close enough to Allison. I…
—someone had emptied a bottle of red wine at the exit of the bus station, the stain like the line of hairs between my navel and cunt. The station smelled…
Kenyon Review‘s Summer Reading Recommendations!
The winner and runners-up of the 2017 Short Fiction Contest, Why We Chose It by Editor at Large Natalie Shapero, and more!
Featuring Why We Chose It by International Editor John Kinsella, the Science Writing Symposium at Kenyon, and more!