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 books are Sherburne: Stories (2012) and two collections of poems: The Red Wolf: A Dream of Flannery O’Connor (2013) and  In the Night Orchard: New & Selected Poems (2014).

 

Goat Song and Horse Opera

The prospect of a Greek tragedy set in the nineteenth century American West appealed to me at first, even if the play in question were Sophokles’ unpopular Women of Trachis. I’m a fan of both westerns and what Flannery O’Connor … Continue reading

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A Shot Across the Bow: WE WERE BROTHERS is a memoir worth reading.

Anyone unfamiliar with Barry Moser’s art ought to summon him up on Google before reading this and just gawk at his wonderful prints and drawings of Dickinson, Poe, Quixote, Hawthorne, Faulkner, scenes Biblical and mythic, Alice, animals, birds. It’s an … Continue reading

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Facsimile: The Flannery O’Connor Stamp

I was disappointed when the U.S. Postal Service recently unveiled its new Flannery O’Connor stamp, which slightly resembles one extant photo of Ms. O’Connor as a co-ed but would not be recognizable to many people who are familiar with the … Continue reading

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Art, Just for the Holy Hell of It, 1 of 2

1. Memento Mori Memorial Day: I had just come in from trimming and sweeping the deck wisteria’s ambitious scouts, which will, left to their own devices, extend and explore , insinuate among the lounge chairs, twine the arms and legs … Continue reading

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AVENGERS: SPASM DEUX: A DYNAMIC DUET

A DYNAMIC DUET So the first half of my Avenger ailment is simple: a kind of cantankerous geriatric resistance to the laws of probability, feasibility, possibility, rock-a-bility being not just stretched or suspended but shattered (or ignored); a hankering for … Continue reading

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Avengers Revisited, in Two Spasms

SPASM THE FIRST: TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS, ONE A FRENZIED GALLIMAUFRY OF THE FANTASTIC I have little patience with some of the heroes called Avengers and a steady appetite for others. Which enemies of evil fall into which of those categories … Continue reading

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Ouija Bard

“Tis a tale told by an idiot,” and yet, “Much Madness is divinest Sense.” I’ve been trying to contact Shakespeare with my spirit board. Why not? Even if, at best, the device invented as a parlor game but taken supernaturally … Continue reading

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Tractor Blog, or A Random Ramble While I Gather Kindling for My Blog on Various Stripes of Avengers

1? Yesterday, as I was driving down the snaky and rut-rippled gravel road I live on, I encountered one of my farmer neighbors steering what appeared to be a new tractor, red as a fire engine and large as a … Continue reading

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NEW SHENANDOAH ISSUE Vol. 64, No. 2 Now open to the public

Poems, essays, reviews, flash fictions, short stories and poems, an interview with Tim Seibles, as well as new poems by Tim.  And the art of Suzanne Stryk.  Follow the links on the left-hand side of the homepage.

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Shenandoah 64, 2 COMING NEXT WEEK.

POETRY//  mysterious fall of blackbirds and the sins of the past/ Graybeal-Gowen winner “May” by Juliana Daugherty/ a relief pitcher picks up the fiddle/ meditative and spiritual poems/ Davis McCombs on the mysteries of fox passage /Wild Turkeys and Marianne … Continue reading

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