Why We Chose It
BY DANIEL TORDAY, BOOK REVIEW EDITOR
Twice Blessed? Consider KR’s Art of Text Workshop
Are you drawn in similar measure to the verbal and the visual? If you’re a writer curious to work in more genres, or an artist wishing to deepen your engagement with text, KR
’s Art of Text Workshop
blends techniques of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual arts, and the art of the book to generate new creative content and form. Join us for this innovative adventure, June 27-July 3. Register soon! Enrollment is limited. Read more about the Art of Text Workshop.
Is Your Novel Ready and Waiting for Feedback?
Is your novel complete but not quite ready to send out? The Kenyon Review Novel Workshop
offers intensive workshopping of 100 pages of your book with an eye to helping you develop a saleable manuscript. Nancy Zafris and Man Martin will offer editorial advice while consultants from the business side will be on hand to advise. This workshop meets June 26-July 2, 2015. Application deadline is March 15, 2015. Admissions decisions will be made by the end of March. Limited to 12 participants. Read more about the Novel Workshop.
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The Kenyon Review
’s Mar/Apr 2015
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New in KR Podcasts
Ethical issues in book reviewing come to the fore in this month’s podcast, featuring Associate Editor Natalie Shapero
interviewing Karen Long
. Long, a member of the National Book Critics Circle, is the manager of Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and former book editor at the Cleveland Plain-Dealer
. Download the podcast.
BY BRET LOTT
All the traffic that I have in this with the public is, that I borrow their utensils of writing, which are more easy and most at hand; and in recompense shall, peradventure, keep a pound of butter in the market . . .
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A Winter-Piece to a Friend Away
BY JOHN BERRYMAN
From The Kenyon Review
, Spring, 1948,
Vol. X, No. 2
Your letter came. — Glutted the earth & cold
With rains long heavy, follows intense frost;
Snow howls and hides the world
We worked awhile to build; all the roads are lost;
Icy spiculae float, filling strange air;
No voice goes far; one is alone whirling since where,
And when was it one crossed?
You have been there.
Continue reading this poem.
On Missing Pieces
BY T. CLUTCH FLEISCHMANN
January 29, 2015
Sick in bed and unable to sustain concentration from behind a fog, I spend a day rereading Henri Lefebvre’s The Missing Pieces. Lefebvre’s text, translated by David L. Sweet and released by Semiotext(e), lists works of art that have either been lost to time or that were never seen to completion. There are several reasons I find so much pleasure in this particular book. I love lists, as many writers seem to, and Lefebvre is a master at arrangement, suggestion, meter, and winks within the list form. More than that, however, I find a perverse joy in reading of works of art and literature that are no more. Certainly, were I given the love letters of Arthur Rimbaud to Paul Verlaine, miraculously recovered, I would be unable to do anything else until I had read them. This would be thrilling. But there’s another thrill in just naming a project, in refusing its actuality, or maybe refusing the right of the reader to access it. Read the full blog post.
A Micro-Conversation with Chana Bloch
Chana Bloch’s poem “Inside Out
” appears in the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of the Kenyon Review
Could you tell us a little about “Inside Out”? What was your original impetus for writing it? How does it differ from your other work?
I wrote “Inside Out” the day I showed up for a crucial scan and was told, “Come back tomorrow. The scanner is broken.” I sat benumbed at my computer for a couple of hours, parsing the terrible “either/or.” As on other occasions when facing a crisis, I found it was possible—no, essential—“to divert [myself] with words.” When I stopped for lunch, I discovered I had written the first half of the poem. Then, pencil in hand, I walked down Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Berkeley searching for a sign—in the sky, the trees—and the rest of the poem wrote itself. Read the rest of the interview.