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Kenyon Review July/Aug 2015

Volume XXXVII | Number 4

Selections from our latest issue available now:
Poems by William Stobb and Elizabeth Spires;
An excerpt from a story by Lily Tuck;
An excerpt from an essay by Derek Mong.

KR Online

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


Summer Nights, 2006

By Jayanta Mahapatra

These are more like doors
that open with a strange slowness;
they turn outward like my palms,
shadows spread out on night’s walls.

The uprooted mango tree in our yard
is never in doubt
my love is returned.
It doesn’t evade the passing bird;
but today I will speak to no one.



By Erin McGraw

Teenagers twine around each other and complain to me about the lame music. Do they think I can do anything about it? “Manager” isn’t the same thing as “Management” at Dogs ’N More. I’m the hinge on a greasy door…



By Petar Ramadanovic

You’ve been fading lately, my wife says. You used to have this presence and now, look at you. You are almost see-through. I’ve noticed that too. Even my shoes have gotten kind of fadeish. Not worn out, not gray, not…


On Egg Heaven by Robin Parks

By Vanessa Blakeslee

“Working class fiction” has long occupied a distinctive subcategory of American literature, with Russell Banks, Dorothy Allison, and Sherman Alexie crafting some of the most resonant

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William Stobb

William Stobb is the author of five poetry collections, including the National Poetry Series selection Nervous Systems (2007) and Absentia (2011), both from Penguin Books. Stobb works as associate editor of Conduit and assistant professor of English at the University…

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