Author Archives: R.T. Smith

About R.T. Smith

recent-meR. T. Smith has edited Shenandoah since 1995 and serves as Writer-in-Residence at Washington & Lee. His forthcoming books are Doves in Flight: 13 Fictions and Summoning Shades: New Poems, both due in 2017.

 

The Madness of Art: Gothicism in my Short Stories

by Caroline Sanders I tend to be unabashedly optimistic and cheerful. I wake up early every weekday morning to do work on my closed-in front porch with my favorite, bright yellow coffee mug in hand that reads: “You Are My … Continue reading

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John Montague: A Memorial Sampler

[This is the second of a pair of posts celebrating the life and work of Irish poet John Montague.  The first can be found immediately below this one, and I recommend reading them in sequence.] Like many Americans, I encountered … Continue reading

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John Montague: Bris-Mo-Croi

Last Saturday I had been in the woodlot quartering a shagbark brought down last year because –  long assailed, perhaps even “farmed” for beetles, by pileateds – it was riddled with impressive holes.  Air cold, wood old and mazed – … Continue reading

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Slipstream: Making the Familiar Strange (Part 2 of 2)

by Dana Schultz A few weeks ago I posted Part 1 of the Slipstream blog. In it I discussed the concept and fundamental problem of Slipstream, namely that it is a shorthand term for “slipping genre fiction into the mainstream” … Continue reading

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Thomas McGuane’s Canny CROW FAIR (Stories)

Most of the stories in Thomas McGuane’s collection Crow Fair (Vintage, 2015; paperback, 2016) originally appeared in The New Yorker, but don’t hold that against the author; his narratives are not about or addressed to Martians.  In fact, McGuane and … Continue reading

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“Look like the innocent flower but be the serpent beneath.”

By Maddie Schaffer With 2016 being the 75th anniversary of the Curious George series, I decided to delve into some of the history surrounding what has become a multi-mullion dollar franchise of a rambunctious monkey and his keeper who not … Continue reading

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Son of Blade

by Chris Gavaler Tim Seibles cuts straight to the heart. When I met him at his hotel to walk him over to my wife’s poetry class, conversation leapt from “nice weather” to “parents with Alzheimer’s” in a single bound. He … Continue reading

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Dynamite Decision: Kudos to Robert, Gordon, Seamus, Akira, Alfred and All

When, some fifteen years ago, Gordon Ball began nominating Robert Zimmerman for the Alfred Nobel Prize in Literature, I was skeptical.  I had my own favorites (Heaney had left the list by winning in 1995) and some questions about the … Continue reading

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SLIPSTREAM: Making the Familiar Strange (Part 1)

By Dana Schultz “Telling me a piece should make me ‘feel strange, like living in the late twentieth century’ doesn’t do a lot for me, mainly because the twentieth century didn’t make me feel strange.” – Jon Hansen, “I Want … Continue reading

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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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