Why We Chose It
By Hilary Plum, Contributing Editor
How wise of Emily Anderson to begin her lovely story “Calliope” with an epigraph from one of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic books. She must take care of herself, Wilder tells us, When you must do that, then you do it and you are grown up. With these words we are readied both to return to the dream-worlds of childhood and to mourn their imminent end. Within the course of this story, that’s just what will happen. Anderson conjures the rich, enigmatic sensuality of a childhood; and then, just as skillfully, she dissolves everything. When she’s done with us, we may hear only, and faintly, the echo of Wilder’s warning: you are grown up.
’s New Managing Editor
It is great good news for The Kenyon Review that Abigail Wadsworth Serfass—Abby—has recently ascended to the role of Managing Editor. (Or assumed its substantial burdens—a matter of perspective.)
What a Writing Whirlwind
Notes on the Literary Hybrid Writers Workshop by Libby Panhorst
“My church at home is next to the Burger King.”
Each participant in the inaugural Literary Hybrid/Book Arts class was asked to write twenty-five first lines in advance of The Kenyon Review’s intensive Writers Workshop, held June 15-22 in Gambier, Ohio. Having taken a semester-long book arts class with visual artist and instructor Ellen Sheffield, I thought I knew what to expect from this prompt. I was wrong.
The Kenyon Review Fellowships: Call for Applications
The Kenyon Review
will begin accepting applications on September 1st for its KR Fellowships
. These two-year post-graduate positions are intended for creative writers who have already completed the MFA or PhD degree and are seeking time to develop as writers, teachers, and editors. Two fellows, a poet and a prose writer, will arrive in Gambier, Ohio in August 2014. Applications will be accepted through October 1st.
During his long career, Yannis Ritsos
suffered exile, imprisonment, and the banning or burning of his works by successive Greek governments for his political activism. Twice nominated for the Nobel Prize, Ritsos drew the great tradition of Greek myth and history into the modern political struggle over the future of his homeland. And yet, John Simon has also described
Ritsos as “a great bard of loneliness, but of loneliness ennobled and overcome.”
The Kenyon Review, New Series, Winter 1995, Vol. XVII, No. 1
by Yannis Ritsos
Translated from modern Greek by Martin McKinsey
It’s quiet out tonight. At the window, motionless, the black swan
with glittering eyes. The clock has stopped. Your fingers
add up to ten. Now that’s something. But the curtain’s faded.
Red reverts to gray. Friends disappear.
The Second Wedding
by Krystelle Bamford
May this marriage forget the gleam
of rosewood and teak; let it be planed,
joined dovetail, half-lap, tongue-in-groove.
May you give each other salt for salt.
Chamorro Cereal Killer
I wouldn’t be a writer today if it weren’t for Cheerios. My mom used America’s favorite cereal to teach me the “pincer grasp,” a motor skill I would later use to pick up a pencil and, eventually, compose my first poem.
This month, the KR Newsletter introduces a new feature. Each month, we will include a new micro-interview with a writer featured in the pages of KR
or KRO. This issue, we feature an interview with the poet Solmaz Sharif
, whose poem “Personal Effects”
appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of The Kenyon Review
Tell us a little about your KR piece. How was it written? What was the hardest part about writing it?
I’ve been working on a poetic rewrite of the US Department of Defense’s Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms for several years now. My own experience as an Iranian born in Turkey beneath the long shadow of the Iran-Iraq War has always been an impetus behind this project.
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