Author Archives: R.T. Smith

About R.T. Smith

Writer-in-Residence R.T. Smith reads from his work at Hillel House.R. T. Smith has edited Shenandoah since 1995. His newest book is Chinquapins: Short Short Stories (2015)

 

The Official Plea to Bring Back Traditional Courtship in Fiction

BY MADDIE SCHAFFER I’m lying on my stomach, starting to get that prickly needle feeling in my back from a lack of SPF.  The swarms of kids squealing and splashing are just white noise as I chew my way through … Continue reading

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We Live in Blank by Lesley Wheeler

It’s September in an election year, so while students in classrooms argue about poetry with surprising heat, my electronic screens are occupied by one political candidate jokingly suggesting the assassination of another. An African-American boy was shot and killed, this … Continue reading

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Meditations on Grad School, by Annie Persons

  In her poem “Hashem,” Leah Green reminds us: “all there is to do is offer our own dust, / held together in the holding, / and, small lunged, / live our lives breathing.” With those words in mind, I … Continue reading

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“Denotation and the Mind at Play”

Although I lack the commitment to neo-platonism and romanticism that leads readers and writers to believe that the poem on the page is inevitably (as Ben Lerner suggests in The Hatred of Poetry)   a failure, a lesser poem (you can’t … Continue reading

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The Hatred of Poetry, Part 2

2. “I dwell in Possibility” I’m most likely to feel animosity toward poetry when I’ve just spent some time with the New Yorker or a finalist for some national prize, and maybe envy is part of the equation, but not … Continue reading

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The Hatred of Poetry: Ben Lerner’s Book, in Two Posts

The Hatred of Poetry: Ben Lerner’s book, in Two Posts   1. “I, too, dislike it”: Poems Doomed to Fail? “I dwell in Possibility,” “the thing with feathers” 1.”I, too….” [Before I begin to examine the exhibit under scrutiny, I … Continue reading

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In a Yellow Wood

Although I pretty much know it by heart (or at least by memory), I’ve never been a devotee of Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.”  Among his shorter poems, give me “Stopping by Woods . . . ,” “Design,” “Provide, Provide,” … Continue reading

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Dilly Blog: Message from the Nostalgia Frontier

I heard that “’Neath” in “The Sounds of Silence” back in the Sixties, and I realized that elf guy Simon was up to something in the neighborhood of poetry, the neighborhood where good walls mattered and lilacs by the dooryard … Continue reading

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Novelist Patricia Highsmith: A Quirky Introduction

Until the release of the film Carol last year, I had given little thought to Patricia Highsmith, who was born Mary Patricia Plangman, in Fort Worth.  I had read her novel The Talented Mr. Ripley with interest and mild “guilty-pleasure” … Continue reading

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Team Trump and Not MY LITTLE PONY: Kidnapping Language

(7/19/16) Most Americans get exercised over plagiarism only when one rock band (like Led Zepp) is suing another over lyrics or melody, or when a scolding note comes home from Hunter’s or Kendle’s teacher, and there are as many popular … Continue reading

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