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)

 

Peregrinations

Peregrinations November 30th. . Two kills by the river: kingfisher and snipe.  The snipe lay half submerged in flooded grass, cryptic even in death.  The kingfisher shone even in mud at the river’s edge, like a brilliant eye.   When … Continue reading

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Red River: Texas, Massachusetts and Home Again (Part two of a rubicund blog)

(for Part 1, scroll down past part the second)) Stanza the Second I have not forgotten.  Rubicon.  Here’s the rub.  The Red River, which is also a Texas border and part of the legendary geography of Old West cattle drives, … Continue reading

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Red River (Before the HowardHawksJohnWayne western) in Two Inpertinent Parts

  Stanza the First. [rub icon?] I have discovered that “Rubicon” now names a style of semi-compact faux-rugged soft-top Jeep and yet another failed TV series about espionage, but not many people in my neighborhood still use the phrase “crossing … Continue reading

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Ivory Kings/ Stern Beauty and a Rich History in Chess

When I ordered the erudite Nancy Marie Brown’s Ivory Vikings (St. Martins, 2015), I just meant to scratch little itch, satisfy a whimsical curiosity. Years ago when I was a dedicated chess stumblebum I learned about the Isle of Lewis … Continue reading

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Tangerines and Grief

In the Estonian-Georgian film Tangerines, which I recently viewed on Netflix, the central character Ivo, at an impromptu evening picnic in a near-deserted war-torn village, can think of only Death to toast. His three companions, all deeply scarred by the … Continue reading

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When Zombies Craved Souls More than Brains (Part deux)

When I slipped out of the Georgia sunlight and into the Rex that Saturday in the fifties, I was not prepared for all the varieties of darkness I was entering.  The film I Walked with a Zombie, produced by Val … Continue reading

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When Zombies Craved Souls More than Brains

(Part 1) Lurking in Local Shadows: Rumor, Legend, Fantasy, Landscape, Twisted Religion When I was a boy – say eight, nine, ten – I was terrified of zombies, who always seemed involved in both mystery and the Mysteries. I had … Continue reading

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TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH

A Visit from Poet/Editor Will Wright by Isabelle McAlevey, Shenandoah Intern When I learned William Wright was coming to sit down with the Shenandoah interns I was unsure of what to expect. I did what I could online to get … Continue reading

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Fiction and the Mind

Posted by Sam Bramlett Is a man with no senses alive? He is in the same way that people know what’s going on in each other’s heads. Fiction isn’t limited to books or anything else in the sphere of entertainment. … Continue reading

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Triage and Fiction Submissions at SHENANDOAH

[Being not quite a re-run, but a revisiting of a persistent question.] As the population of writers, editors and literary journals increases faster the number of Kardashian spin-offs, it never seems profitless to address the question many new or just … Continue reading

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