Monthly Archive:: June 2012

Interview with Mary Biddinger, Series Editor for the Akron Series in Poetry

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In truth, I had never put much thought into the Akron Series in Poetry in the past, partially due to my own ignorance, and partially due to aesthetics.  However, lately, I’ve been more interested in the Series, edited by Mary Biddinger relatively recently beginning in 2008.  I love what Mary

Women in Trouble: The Green Shore

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The Green Shore Natalie Bakopoulos Simon & Schuster, June 2012 368 pages $25.00 In 1970, when feminists in the U.S. declared “the personal is the political,” Greece was three years into a brutal military junta, where public protest was harshly silenced with arrest, torture, or exile to remote island

Michael Klein on his poem, “Cartography”

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Michael Klein’s poem, “Cartography,” appears in our Spring 2012 issue, guest edited by Nick Flynn. “Cartography” opens with these lines: I’m dumb about the world. To me, it always looks haunted, impoverished—especially in snow, which returns it to black and white. Here, Michael Klein describes the inspiration for his

From Bennington to Book Tour: A Life-of-Letters Q&A

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Last weekend I had the privilege to travel up to Bennington College, where I spoke on a Life of Letters panel with friend (and fellow Ploughshares contributor/guest blogger) Megan Mayhew Bergman. Megan and I are both alums of Bennington’s low-residency MFA program; I graduated in 2009, Megan in 2010.

Sophie Klahr on her poem, “50 Ways”

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Sophie Klahr‘s poem, “50 Ways,” appears in our Spring 2012 issue, guest edited by Nick Flynn. “50 Ways” opens with these lines: I can turn the space of him over in my hands. See if it comes apart, if it’s permeable. Does it keep time, shrink, dissolve on flesh.

5 for Carl Phillips

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When the poet Alan Dugan was alive, there used to be a reading every summer in Wellfleet at the local library where members of his workshop would read their poems to, mostly, locals.  It was a generous thing of Alan to do, and also something rare – seeing poets

Kelle Groom on her essay, “How to Live with Uncertainty”

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Kelle Groom‘s essay, “How to Live with Uncertainty,” appears in our Spring 2012 issue, guest edited by Nick Flynn. “‘How to Live with Uncertainty” opens with these lines: The motel over the bridge could be demolished as early as spring, and a dollar store there overlooking the river and

Hearing Voices: Women Versing Life presents Tarfia Faizullah and the Unpublished Manuscript

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The work of getting a manuscript published, that rejection and frustration, begins to feel at times like self abuse. Writing is a lonely adventure, but most of us feel driven to it; quitting is inconceivable. Submitting work, though, is more like managing a business, and most poets I know

Monica Ferrell on her poem, “Days of Oakland”

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Monica Ferrell‘s poem, “Days of Oakland,” appears in our Spring 2012 issue, guest edited by Nick Flynn. “Days of Oakland” opens with these lines: Now and then, you heard the copters Flying in search of inmates who’d escaped. Mostly, though, it was quiet. At night, outside, The cats would

Anatomy Courses, and an Interview with Blake Butler

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Anatomy Courses Blake Butler and Sean Kilpatrick Lazy Fascist Press, January 2012 132 pages $10.95 Anatomy Courses by Blake Butler and Sean Kilpatrick is twisted in the best possible sense: linguistically. Butler and Kilpatrick’s work of fiction consists of 62 short sections, mostly one or two pages long, that