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A Micro-Interview with Tony Hoagland

“We need to resurrect and declare our allegiance to the intrinsic worth of art, introspection, and engagement. Everything matters, and in an era that annihilates the conscience of consciousness, literature should be biting back.”


The Kenyon Review Spring 2014

Volume XXXVI | Number 2

Selections from our latest issue available now:

Poems by Emily Wilson, Jill Bialosky, and Gillian Conoley;
Excerpts from a story by Vojislav Pejović,
and Tony Hoagland‘s essay “Idiom, Our Funny Valentine: Its Cunning, Its Romance, Its Power,” and more!

KR Online

Works of fiction, poetry, essays, and more, exclusively online.


Our Hearts Knitting Together, Unholy

By Melissa Barrett

what everyone promised us, forget it    all of them liars

how a girl wakes up without voice       forget posture

how to hold a fork                     what’s encrypted here

on the panes of leaves, in lullabies       untangle it

Eve’s lesson, the only lesson               Desire, barreling


Talk to Her

By E.J. Levy

What did they expect? That I was just another captivating face? (I do not say pretty, even my mother did not call me that; she said I would grow into my looks and meet my mate, but he never came—or…


Sudden Death: A Eulogy

By Jacob M. Appel

My great-grandfather, Simon Litman, Latvian immigrant, secular Jew, inept businessman, gifted egg candler, doting father, cigar-smoker and pint-sized omnivore . . .

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Tony Hoagland

Tony Hoagland’s books include What Narcissism Means to Me and Donkey Gospel. He teaches at the University of Houston and in the Warren Wilson Program. An excerpt from his essay “Idiom, Our Funny Valentine: Its Cunning, Its Romance, Its Power”…

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April 2014

Featuring Fiction Editor Caitlin Horrocks on Why We Chose it, a new Kenyon Review Credo and Podcast, and more!

March 2014

Announcing the 2014-16 KR Fellows, with a Why We Chose Them feature by Associate Editor Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky, The KR Podcast featuring Roger Rosenblatt, and more!

February 2014

Featuring the winner of this year’s high school poetry contest, Why We Chose It by book review editor Kascha Semonovitch, and more!

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