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Kathie Odom’s “Sabbath”

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by Laura Calhoun I first discovered Kathie Odom’s work on Cabell Gallery’s website.  Shenandoah was looking for art to feature in our spring issue at the time, so I brought Odom’s website to the attention of our editor, R.T. Smith.  … Continue reading

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Reflections from a Culture-Shocked American

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by Arlette Hernandez I had always heard tales about the Promised Land called “college.” Growing up with Cuban immigrant parents, college was little more than a goal I needed to meet so I could earn a degree and break the cycle … Continue reading

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Defining Poetry: Anne Sexton’s “Transformations”

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by Laurel Myers I must admit before getting into this essay that I had never read a full book of poetry before university. Like my fellow classmate, Hannah Denham, I picked up Leaves of Grass with the intention to read … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”: American Individualism Then and Now By Hannah Denham

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  Nineteenth century poet Walt Whitman is heralded as one of the first truly American poets, but for me, he was my first. I’m a little sheepish to admit this, but I discovered Whitman during my middle school days of … Continue reading

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The Madness of Art: Gothicism in my Short Stories

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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

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[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

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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)

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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)

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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.”

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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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