Monthly Archive:: August 2010

Of Grape Gum and Glass Pens: Practicing Gratitude

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Guest post by Aimee Nezhukumatathil And so we have come to the end of summer, Dear Reader. As Fall starts a slow creep here through Western New York, my stint as a blogger for Ploughshares is at its end. I’m so grateful you’ve checked in on me here from

Back to School

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Guest post by Aimee Nezhukumatathil Dear Reader, As I type this, I can see that the usually quiet streets of my small town are now full and crowded by trucks with mattresses tied to the roofs, the various construction vehicles that peppered campus are slowly disappearing, and our big-box

The Pie Plate: Serving up a Slice of Travel through the Haibun Poetic Form

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Guest post by Aimee Nezhukumatathil Dear Reader, I am covered in ice and snow for most of the year. But summers here in Western New York mean a bevy of fresh fruit from any of the local cherry orchards, blueberry fields, or strawberry patches. I live within five miles

My Meta Blog

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Guest post by Bridget Lowe I still remember the first blog I ever saw–it must have been 2000 or so, and my friend Adam had created a place online for his hilarious interpretations of interracial buddy films of the 1980s and ’90s. I was completely enthralled and mystified by

Look Twice: Announcing Our New Cover Image

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(This post was written by Max Kaisler, who just completed a summer editorial internship in the Ploughshares office.) When you pick up the Jim Shepard issue of Ploughshares this fall, the first thing you’ll see is this image taken by photographer-couple team Bernd and Hilla Becher. At first glance,

Nicholas Samaras on Language Articulating Silence

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“Crashing Slow and Sudden,” the poem by Nicholas Samaras that appears in our Spring 2010 issue, slows down the worried excitement of a car crash into a beautiful reminder of just how precious life is. An excerpt: Our whole car floated across three highway lanes, threaded through huge blocks

Austin Segrest on Keats and Language’s Sensuality

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Austin Segrest’s poem “The Spanish Steps: Keats Departing” imagines the sadness and anger felt by poet John Keats during the final few days of his life, when “he could no longer taste” any of the food prepared for him. The poem appears in our Spring 2010 issue, but here

Faith Shearin on Time and Aging

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Faith Shearin’s poem “The Old Boyfriends” can be read on our site. It appears in our Spring 2010 issue, alongside her poems “Not Knowing,” an elegy to a life on the beach slowly disappearing, and “Being Called Ma’am,” excerpted below: A distance opens between the woman they see and

Writing the Requiem Days

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Guest post by Aimee Nezhukumatathil Dear Reader, I confess I have not been having very “poetic” impulses lately. I type this from the haze of late-night feedings and though I may think of a line or two during those navy blue colored early mornings, if I don’t get pen