Monday, June 12, 2017

Kenyon Review Editors' Picks

What are you reading this summer? Each year, the Kenyon Review staff, editors and advisory board share what books they recommend — or are looking forward to reading themselves — as summer comes to Gambier. Here are some suggestions for your summer list.

KATHERINE HEDEEN, TRANSLATIONS EDITOR

Sulfur AnthologyClayton Eshleman, ed. “A Sulfur Anthology
Shelly Taylor and Abraham Smith, eds. “Hick Poetics: An Anthology of Contemporary Rural American Poetry
Here are two collections that break down the monolithic idea of “Contemporary American Poetry.” “Hick Poetics" questions the where of it and roars: some of the US’s best writing (forty poets here) happens at the margins, in the peripheries within the metropolis. The literary magazine Sulfur (1981-2000) grabbed hold of the margins as true poetic center. The anthology collects experimentation, innovation, translation from there and here, culled from forty-six issues and over 11,000 pages. If your vision “lies within the wilds,” these anthologies are for you.