About Natalie Shapero

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

Take Me Back

The world seems reassuringly orderly when broken down into fours: four seasons of the year, four corners of the square, four Beatles if you don’t count Billy Preston, Brian Epstein, George Martin, Yoko, or four other likely contenders. And four…

Miss American Sky

The unlikely star of this week’s coverage of the sequester, air travel is not faring well in the press. As many news outlets have been pointing out over the past few days, the recent congressional reprieve regarding FAA budget cuts…

Inaction Sequence

Tad Friend’s recent New Yorker piece on self-consciously pensive auteur Derek Cianfrance focuses a fair amount of attention on the filmmaker’s most unusual physical feature: a tattoo across the knuckles of his right hand. Rather than going with the quintessentially…

Playing the Hits

With its premium on concision, pacing, and meditative gaze, stand-up comedy is probably the medium of performance most readily analogized to poetry. That is, when it comes to issues of shape, technique, and voice. As to whether the “industry norms”…

Gather Ye Butter While Ye May

I’m easily spooked by the sheer indelibility of the printed word, a predicament compounded by the internet’s near-infinite archival capacity. It’d be nice, I often think, to work in a more ephemeral medium, like sandcastles or skywriting or face paint.…

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