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Defining Poetry: Anne Sexton’s “Transformations”

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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Poetry Off the Record?

I recently finished two collections of essays by magician and libertarian firebrand Penn Jillette, God, No! Signs You Might Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales and Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday (spoiler alert: Mr. Jillette does not … Continue reading

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The Art of Spoken Word

The first time I heard spoken word, otherwise known as slam poetry, I was not impressed.  Now, I’ve even tried my hand at writing my own. So, to the summer camp counselor reciting his slam to 14-year-old me, I apologize … Continue reading

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“Romantic Moment”-A Poem by Tony Hoagland

After the nature documentary we walk down, into the plaza of art galleries and high end clothing stores where the mock orange is fragrant in the summer night and the smooth adobe walls glow fleshlike in the dark. It is just … Continue reading

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Do Feelings Speak Louder Than Words?

The sum of my failed attempts at writing stories is far greater than my number of years on this earth. But I assure you, it’s not for lack of trying. I’ve certainly felt moved to write stories on various occasions—happy, … Continue reading

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How often I’ve heard the phrase “with a heavy heart” as a place-keeper while someone seeks fresher words to express grief and the plea for comfort.  I usually flinch when I hear the phrase, yet right now its drumbeat seems … Continue reading

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SHENANDOAH and Literary Community Mourn

Shenandoah and the rest of the American literary community mourn the loss of Jake Adam York, who died Sunday after a massive stroke.  He was 40.  Jake had been a Contributing Editor to this magazine for over a decade and … Continue reading

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2011 Graybeal-Gowen Poetry Contest

 Shenandoah is pleased to announce the winner of the 2011 Graybeal-Gowen Poetry Award. A $500 prize awarded to a poet born or residing in Virginia, this year’s award was judged by the Poet Laureate of Virginia, Kelly Cherry. The winning … Continue reading

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Buried Antipathies: The Dove Anthology, Second Wind

In her introduction to The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry Rita Dove cites exorbitant reprint costs as the reason for omitting work by Allen Ginsberg and Sylvia Plath. In her rebuke to Helen Vendler she suggests that her … Continue reading

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