Why We Chose It
“I can only make things taut; I have no interest in roundabout or loose,” we’re told in Anne Germanacos’s “Undertaking,” a confession that is at once straightforward and sly, telling us readers just what it is we’ve been experiencing. The word taut is a first step toward describing what’s extraordinary about this piece. How does Germanacos “make things taut” when working with such disparate fragments? “Undertaking” occurs in brief lines that leap one to the next to the next, its form more like a notebook than a “traditional” story—there’s no plot, quite; there are interlocutors but not quite characters; the story lives in the borderland in which fiction and essay clasp hands.
Art and Identity Symposium: Upcoming Events
Now that we’ve given away over three hundred free copies
of The History of Love
, we invite you to join us for two book-related events:
- KR Editor David Lynn will lead a book discussion at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County on Oct. 16 at 7:00 p.m.
- Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky, Professor of English at Kenyon College, will give a Brown Bag Chat about The History of Love and the Art and Identity Symposium on Oct. 24 at 11:45 a.m. at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County.
The ninth annual Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers will begin accepting entries in November. The prize, which is open to high school sophomores and juniors throughout the world, is juried by David Baker, KR’s poetry editor.
The Arcadia Project
The Kenyon Review
is pleased to share news of an excellent new anthology co-edited by our Editor-at-Large G.C. Waldrep
. The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral
is a nearly 600-page anthology bringing together seminal work in the genre of the pastoral as it has evolved into the twenty-first century. Published by Ahsahta Press, edited by poets Joshua Corey and G.C. Waldrep, and designed by Jeff Clark, the book includes sections on New Transcendentalisms, Textual Ecologies, Local Powers, and The Necropastoral.
by Anne Germanacos
A full self requires stillness.
I am coming upon the face, the shape of it.
Scratched pots and pans, wooden mallets hard enough to beat in a head. Sieves, bowls, scissors, tongs. Ladles.
Have we humiliated the house of our mother?
Saw both sons within a twenty-four hour period.
The accompanying sound: a kind of purr.
“ . . . Winnicott postulates the existence of a psychological intermediary realm between the subjective and the objective that he calls transitional space.”
Here we are.
. . .
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In 2002, Diane Ackerman published Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden
. Her author bio in The Kenyon Review
that summer notes that “she has the unusual distinction of having a molecule named after her (dianeackerone).”
The Kenyon Review, New Series, Summer/Autumn 2002, Vol. XXIV, No. 3/4
The Savant of Sunflowers, The Apprentice of Roses
by Diane Ackerman
Something in a rose
knows to spread its roots
into a stable base,
how to shimmy up a trellis,
graft onto reliable stock,
open up rich with scent,
and slowly unfold another
flush of tawny bloom.
Forms of Enthusiasm: On Poetry Criticism, Book Reviews, and (yes, again) Blurbs