Monthly Archives: August 2010

Of Grape Gum and Glass Pens: Practicing Gratitude

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 … Continue reading

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Back to School

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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My Meta Blog

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 … Continue reading

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Look Twice: Announcing Our New Cover Image

(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 … Continue reading

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Nicholas Samaras on Language Articulating Silence

“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 … Continue reading

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Austin Segrest on Keats and Language’s Sensuality

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 … Continue reading

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Faith Shearin on Time and Aging

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: … Continue reading

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Writing the Requiem Days

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 … Continue reading

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