Spring 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 2 |


This is the first issue of the Kenyon Review to reflect its new editorship: approximately two-thirds of this issue was selected by David Lynn and David Baker before a new editor, Marilyn Hacker, joined the staff and chose the remaining third. Since David Lynn and David Baker are, happily, staying with the Review as Associate Editor and Consulting Poetry Editor, respectively, cooperation among us will continue. We do not envision a break with the Kenyon Review's tradition. We see an enlargement of that tradition, to more fully represent the fruitful diversity of contemporary writing in the United States and abroad, not only in terms of race and gender, but also of style and genre: a widening of our point of view in every way. As to the case with the National Endowment for the Arts: our side won--sort of. A federal court in California decided, in favor of the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company, that the so-called "obscenity clause" was, as Lewitzky (a seventy-year-old veteran of the McC

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Marilyn Hacker is the author of twelve books of poems, most recently Names (W.W. Norton 2010), and of ten collections of poetry translated from French. She received the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation in 2009 for Marie Etienne’s King of a Hundred Horsemen. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a former editor of The Kenyon Review.

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