Monthly Archives: July 2011

Lighten Up, Francis

True confession:  I’m not a rabid fan of poetry readings. On one level this is, of course, fairly rampant hypocrisy, considering that I give readings and hope to give many more (and, someday, to be paid for some of them, … Continue reading

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The Chronology of Water

The Chronology of Water Lidia Yuknavitch Hawthorne Books, April 2011 268 pages $15.95 “Little tragedies are difficult to keep straight,” writes Lidia Yuknavitch in The Chronology of Water. “They swell and dive in and out in great sinkholes in the … Continue reading

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A Year Ago on the Ploughshares Blog

2010 Amy Newman on Her Favorite Cashier and the Poetry of Everyday Moments July 27, 2010 In the Spring 2010 Elizabeth Strout issue, Amy Newman’s two poems, “Cat” and “Making Small Talk, the Cashier at the Grocery Store Inadvertently Creates … Continue reading

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Free Ploughshares, Round Six: Seamus Heaney

We’ve really enjoyed all of the great comments we’ve been receiving through this contest, and this week we’re excited to offer yet another fantastic back issue of Ploughshares to a lucky winner. It’s the all-poetry Spring 1984 issue guest edited … Continue reading

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Website

I am ready to launch my website. This is not something I’ve undertaken without long consideration.  After all, what does a website have to do with my writing?  Launching a website isn’t likely to lead me to write more poems … Continue reading

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The Gambler’s Nephew

The Gambler’s Nephew Jack Matthews Etruscan Press, May 2011 240 pages $15.95 Jack Matthews’ first novel, Hanger Stout, Awake!, was published in 1967, and his latest, The Gambler’s Nephew, is already the 23rd in his half-century career. Thankfully it’s never … Continue reading

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Why I Reread “Leg” by Steven Polansky

I return to “Leg,” a short story by Steven Polansky, in large part because I enjoy the way he covers my material—that is to say, the lives of believers in Protestant evangelical communities. This is not to say it isn’t … Continue reading

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A Year Ago on the Ploughshares Blog

2010 Literary Conversations: guest post by Carol Keeley July 16, 2010 What is the writer’s process, and how can writers improve their own work? Carol Keeley uncovers a book series of literary conversations with older writers who offer advice to younger … Continue reading

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Once More, With Feeling, Part II

Well, here we are again, and I’m sorry to say the blog has not been inundated with teachers explaining in great detail what they expect from their poetry writing seminars (looking at you, my people.)  Nor have students written in … Continue reading

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The Ice Trilogy

The Ice Trilogy Vladimir Sorokin (Translated by Jamey Gambrell) New York Review of Books, March 2011 704 pages $19.95 The Ice Trilogy, a newly translated work of fiction by Vladimir Sorokin, tells the tale of the 20th century’s tragedies and … Continue reading

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