About Natalie Shapero

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

Thoughts on “Sky Coming Forward”

(You can find “Sky Coming Forward” in Phillips’ collection Double Shadow, or in the Fall 2010 issue of The Kenyon Review.) I won’t call this poem deceptive — maybe just coy. The title “Sky Coming Forward” might initially suggest to you, as it…

Thoughts on “Fascination”

For the month of October, the KR blog will feature posts on the poetry of Carl Phillips, this year’s recipient of The Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement. Specifically, we’re reading and writing about Phillips’ book Double Shadow, as well as the…

Never Dead

As a reader eternally preoccupied with the life cycles of literary aphorisms, I pay special attention to the (fittingly) frequent recurrences of Faulkner’s admonition that “the past is never dead. It’s not even past.” This particular gut punch was first…

Bad Language

Listen up, Grandpa: in honor of recent news out of the Anthony Weiner campaign, including last week’s weirdly profane intern-bashing, I’m devoting this post to the topic of touchy language and its various deployments. The lexicographer Eric Partridge observed that “war…

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