About Natalie Shapero

Natalie Shapero is a Kenyon Review Fellow and the author of No Object, a book of poems.

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,…

Thoughts on “My Bluest Shirt”

(“My Bluest Shirt” can be found in the poetry collection Double Shadow; it is also available online through Virginia Quarterly Review, where it was first published.) Once, briefly, I lived in New York. It was the summer, and I spent…

Why We Chose It

“Sex Education” by Christa Romanosky I’ve heard that, for writers of fiction, crafting a successful short story in the second person is something of a rite of passage. It seems fitting, then, that Christa Romanosky’s powerful second-person narrative takes as…

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