“But what if spontaneity isn’t so innocent? What if spontaneity, or the appearance of spontaneity, is purposeful? What if someone is in a sweat to appear not to be in a sweat in order to manipulate or persuade you?”
Sometimes I feel like the metaphorical job description for a writer should read: “You know when your mom would walk around asking, ‘Where are my glasses?,’ when she was wearing them the whole time? Being a writer is like that, only with sentences, structure, characters.”
Why We Chose It by Daniel Torday, selections from KROnline, the Blog, and the Archives, and much more!
Volume XXXVII | Number 2
Selections from our latest issue available now:
Poems by Amanda Calderon and Jane Hirshfield;
An excerpt from a story by Rolf Yngve
An excerpt from an essay by Randy Fertel
When a person dies the hours. That comprise
a total life. Have stripped their clothes
and buried them in mud. The days have.
Shaved their perfect heads. Floated the hair
downriver. And out. Out to sea. A body
of water where day. After day the ships are.
Carrying their freight. To market to uses
to garbage. Once beyond the shore where
With one semester left in college, I maxed out all of my credit cards. I applied for more, but none of the remaining banks took me. I would have signed up for a private loan, except I’d already made that…
Bodh Gaya, India, is where Prince Siddhārtha Gautama sat under a tree, attained enlightenment, and became the Buddha. I went there to see if I was still an agnostic. Maybe I was a Buddhist now, after years of reading and…
It is a commonplace that good poems can bridge cultures even when the cultures themselves continue to be at loggerheads. Marilyn Hacker’s new poetry collection, A Stranger’s Mirror: New and Selected Poems 1994-2013…
Randy Fertel, PhD, has taught at Harvard, Tulane, the University of New Orleans, and the New School for Social Research. A contributor to NPR, Huffington Post, the Smithsonian, and Creative Nonfiction, he wrote The Gorilla Man and the Empress of…
Why We Chose It by Book Review Editor Daniel Torday, Selections from KROnline, the Blog, and the Archives, and much more!
Why We Chose It by Fiction Editor Caitlin Horrocks, the winner of the Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers, and more!
Unveiling the new Kenyon Review, Why We Chose It, and more!