“Writing is a way of connecting to the past, for whatever reason, an attempt to make sense of our histories, personal or otherwise.”
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Volume XXXVI | Number 1
Selections from our latest issue available now:
Poems by Timothy Liu, Carl Phillips, and C. Dale Young;
Excerpts from a story by Joyce Carol Oates;
The winning stories from the 2013 Short Fiction Contest, and more!
KROnline offers four new pieces:
Poetry by Liz Robbins
Fiction by Lindsey Drager
Jacqueline Kolosov reviews Mary Szybist‘s National Book Award-winning poetry collection Incarnadine
Vanessa Blakeslee reviews Kevin Barry’s City of Bohane
“In the end, a piece of writing is only as good as what it’s trying to say. Attempting to prettify it or make it seem smarter than it is with stylistic tricks can’t replace a lack of meaning.”
elaine, let me speak of the sign under which my folks were born,
the miraculous blue death we’re sure to carry in our female parts
as we were chosen
to not use them intentionally—we may be emotional peasants but
not blind, no, not ruined—we grew more slowly, more fast than
girls who grew lush herb
gardens of people in their bodies, but we’re all under one blue
umbrella with zigzag clouds—a sign, as we have maybe three
hundred grand hours left—
An Introduction to the Myth of the Wrist
Wrist studies, while trying to chronicle the controversial history of the place where the hand and arm meet, attempts to understand
Since I read and reviewed Mary Szybist’s first book, Granted, in 2003, I have sought out her incantatory voice fueled by a longing for transformation that borders on transfiguration . . .
“A blackwater surge, malevolent, it roars in off the Big Nothin’ wastes and the city was spawned by it and was named for it: city of Bohane.” The opening paragraph of Kevin Barry’s debut novel describes the river that cuts…
Jaquira Díaz is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and an NEA Fellowship to the Hambidge Center for the Arts. She’s been awarded fellowships or scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’…
Holiday Reading Recommendations from The Kenyon Review. There’s something perfect for every reader on your list!
Why We Chose It by Fiction Editor Caitlin Horrocks, a poem by Edward Hirsch, a micro-interview with Brian Teare, and more!
Why We Chose It by KR Fellow Natalie Shapero, an interview with T. C. Boyle, a poem by Eamon Grennan, and more!