Monthly Archives: June 2011

Peter Kline on his poem “Revisionary”

Peter Kline’s poems, “Universal Movers” and “Revisionary,” appear in our Spring 2011 issue, guest edited by Colm Toibin.  “Revisionary” opens with these lines: We sharpen our lapidary eyes toward flaws, and see the easy cz disguise, Here, Kline admires and dedicates … Continue reading

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A Year Ago on the Ploughshares Blog

2010 Behind the Scenes at Ploughshares: post by Joshua Garstka June 23, 2010 “We choose what emerges out of the batch in front of us,” says editor-in-chief Ladette Randolph. In this post, Joshua Garstka writes about the recipe behind the making … Continue reading

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Free Ploughshares, Part Two: Tim O’Brien and Mark Strand

It’s time for the second round of our fabulous Ploughshares sweepstakes! This week we’ll be giving away a copy of our Winter 1995/96 issue, guest edited by Tim O’Brien and Mark Strand, and featuring works by Louise Glück, Jorie Graham, … Continue reading

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Kasha

  This weekend, in the spirit of trying something new in the kitchen, I cooked up some kasha.  I will not be cooking up any more kasha. Kasha, for those of you who are like I was until very recently … Continue reading

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To the Lighthouse

Many writers weigh in on the effect of today’s numerous MFA programs on the quality of contemporary fiction writing. Like others, I am—helpfully—100% ambivalent. The MFA served me well in many ways. After I graduated from college I went right … Continue reading

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Chandlery

  Last week, we had our first probably-twister since coming to live in beautiful Cullowhee; in the mountains, it’s hard for a tornado to get up a good whirl, and by and large our weather is so temperate we’re ashamed … Continue reading

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Hester Kaplan on her story “Natural Wonder”

Hester Kaplan’s story, “Natural Wonder,” appears in our Spring 2011 issue, guest edited by Colm Toibin.  The story opens with these lines: Once, when she’d been walking in her neighborhood, a car had stopped for directions to Alsop, the psychiatric hospital … Continue reading

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A Year Ago on the Ploughshares blog

2010 The Conceit of Wisdom: guest post by Carol Keeley June 18, 2010 How is the Internet rewiring our brains? Carol Keeley opens up a forum for discussion as she highlights Nicholas Carr’s book The Shallows, which discusses how the … Continue reading

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Word List

  For all of my adult life I’ve kept a list of words.  Each time that I come across an unfamiliar word in my reading, I try to dutifully look it up in the dictionary and copy down its definition.  … Continue reading

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First Free Ploughshares: Lorrie Moore

This issue of Ploughshares from Fall 1998 is just dying to be read. Lorrie Moore guest-edited this all-fiction issue with tender loving care, and selected work by Mona Simpson, Robert Boswell, Charles Baxter, and Gish Jen. Here’s a post on … Continue reading

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