Why We Chose It
By Zach Savich, Book Review Editor
Book reviews do more than alert readers to new books: they contribute to the life of those books, much as the reception after a poetry reading contributes to the life of the reading. The reviews featured in each edition of KROnline (which, along with Kascha Semonovitch and Daniel Torday, I have helped coordinate since 2010) offer fresh takes on established authors and significant consideration of books that readers might otherwise miss. They promote good work, but they aren’t merely promotional. They don’t require familiarity with academic jargon or the latest literary dust-up.
In Memoriam: Jake Adam York
The staff of The Kenyon Review
and its larger community of writers, readers, faculty, and students were stricken to learn in December of the sudden death of Jake Adam York. He was forty years old.
Jake was—stinging tense—a poet of total commitment. His life was one of full-on literary engagement, a lived poem, shared completely with a swath of friends that stretched across the country from Alabama and Atlanta to Colorado and Cornell and to Gambier, Ohio as well. He loved a good book and perhaps loved a public reading more. Was there anyone who ever so fully inhabited the blogs he wrote?—never snarky, as is so often the way, but full of passion, wit, penetrating insight. And how he cherished a good bourbon—which thought can only lead those who knew him to the radiance of his smile.
The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest
The Kenyon Review will begin accepting submissions for the sixth annual Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest on February 1, 2013. The contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Submissions must be 1,200 words or less to qualify for the contest. Katharine Weber, the Richard L. Thomas Chair in Creative Writing at Kenyon College and author of five critically-acclaimed novels, including Triangle and True Confections, will be the final judge.
Apply Now for the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop!
The online application site is now open for the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop
, an intensely creative week-long series of writing workshops held June 15-23, 2013 on the campus of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
Apply Now for the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop!
The Kenyon Review
is now accepting applications for its Young Writers Workshop
, a creative writing adventure for 16-18 year-olds in Gambier, Ohio. Two sessions will be offered this summer: June 23-July 6 and July 14-27. Young Writers is an intensive two-week workshop for intellectually curious high-school students who value writing. KR
’s goal is to help students develop their creative and critical abilities with language—to become better writers and more insightful thinkers.
Poetry Daily Prose Feature chosen from The Kenyon Review
Joelle Biele’s essay “Here and There: Wislawa Szymborska and the Grand Narrative,” published in the Winter 2013 Issue of The Kenyon Review
, is the Poetry Daily prose feature during the week of January 7th. Click here to read the essay
The Kenyon Review, New Series, Summer 2012, Vol. XXVIII, No. 3
Cry of the Occasion
by Jake Adam York
—John Earl Reese, shot while dancing in a café in Mayflower,Texas, October 22, 1955
so loud it fills the valleys
of even the fingers smeared
into a kind of quiet, the everything
you can’t hear but hear through
the music every body in the room
still moving the beat gone erratic as a bat
juking the pines and chimney
swifts toward grace notes
of nourishment over the lake
by Maggie Schwed
If she be not nimble, she that holdeth a bucket will be trod upon by the sow.
Whoso eateth banana shall be set upon by the angry hive for the scent is signal.
If the knife be not honed, it shall not open sack nor belly, and the labor shall be more.
Trust not the headlight in October dark, for wet-piled leaf may yet be toad, mid-leap from road to bed of weeds.
Editor’s Note: It is with sadness that we reprint here one of Jake Adam York’s final blog posts for the KR Blog. One of Jake’s favorite forms in his posts for KR was the literary mash note, a poet and reader’s unreserved expression of love for books and their authors. Here we reprint his November 2012 post celebrating the poetry chapbook.
Forms of Enthusiasm: On Chapbooks
Back at the end of August, I was writing to suggest the value of enthusiastic engagements
—interviews, conversations, encomia, even blurbs, however hyperbolic—as counterweights to “negative” reviews, which too often seem to exemplify judgment or criticism. I think a well crafted love note can be just as informative, if not more informative, than a sanguine vivisection.
I had to take more than a few weeks off to nurse a few injuries, which have made it difficult to type. But during that time, I have been able to revisit a number of my all-time favorite books. Not surprisingly, a number of these books are chapbooks.