Category Archives: Poetry

Fiction or Poetry

As I filed through papers twice, sometimes thrice, weekly, I noticed that the number of fiction submissions, for the most part, dwarfed the poetry submissions. Not having any standard of comparison, I figured this was pretty much normal and, for … Continue reading

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The Dark Sublime

I recently wrote a term paper on the poetic and philosophic conception of the sublime. It was an examination of Wordsworth’s poetry in light of Edmund Burke’s treatise on the subject. Burke believed that the sublime, far from being an … Continue reading

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An Update On Contests

Today (December 9th), we mailed notices of selection to the finalists of the 2011 Graybeal-Gowen Prize! We’ll be posting more specifics on the finalists later; while the USPS delivers whether snow or rain or gloom of night, they are not … Continue reading

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The Unsaid

Recently I have been scrolling through the “Words of Wisdom” at the bottom of the Shenandoah website (an activity I recommend with enthusiasm), and I came across a couple ideas that sparked my interest. The first is a quote from … Continue reading

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Dedications

Not odes, not apostrophe, not epigraphs, not allusion, not acknowledgments pages, but those little italic tags under some poems’ titles: how do dedications rewire the writer/reader circuit? (I’m putting aside book dedications for the moment; they’re worth discussing but inflect … Continue reading

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Poetry, Pedagogy, and Ectoplasm

  I was just outed as a ghost-whisperer in Amy Balfour’s article about campus spirits. Balfour recounts several spooky stories about the building I teach in, Payne Hall, on the south end of Washington and Lee University’s historic colonnade, in … Continue reading

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