About Natalie Shapero

Natalie Shapero is an Associate Editor of The Kenyon Review and the author of No Object, a book of poems.

Why We Chose It

“All of Me” by Melissa Febos (Click here to read an excerpt of the essay.) “Tattoos,” writes Melissa Febos in her sharp, soulful essay on art, self-destruction, and salvation, “express multiple desires: to be seen, to attract, to repel. But…

And How Many Rains Must Fall

“And how many rains must fall before the stains are washed clean?” Taken from the writings of Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, this line served as the title for Imran Qureshi’s 2013 installation on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum…

on or around GRACE PERIOD

[Aaron Kunin, Grace Period: Notebooks 1998-2007 (Letter Machine Editions, 2013)] A concern that I have been, of late, overusing the word aphoristic has left me reluctant to cleanly describe this book. But I do not similarly find that I have been overusing…

Fat City, Part 2

If you’re a  reader of this blog, you may have come across Pablo Tanguay’s recent post, Fat City, Part 1, offering a few reflections on Leonard Gardner’s 1969 novel. When Pablo concluded that post with the promise, “Next post: Fat City,…

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