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The Sisters Brothers

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The Sisters Brothers Patrick DeWitt Ecco, April 2011 336 pages $24.99 This post was written by Lisa Peet. If the Western exists to glorify the outsider, then it should be noted that Eli Sisters, narrator of Patrick DeWitt’s terrific The Sisters Brothers, is an outsider several times over. He

Radial Symmetry

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Radial Symmetry Katherine Larson Yale University Press, March 2011. 96 pages $18.00 This post was written by Tory Adkisson. In her recent collection of poems, Radial Symmetry, Yale Younger Series-winner Katherine Larson examines our culture’s increasingly stark division between scientist and artist, and ultimately makes a strong case for

As Though She Were Sleeping

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As Though She Were Sleeping Elias Khoury (translated by Humphrey Davies) MacLehose Press, May 2011 368 pages $23.83 This post was written by M. Lynx Qualey. Translator Humphrey Davies has called Elias Khoury’s 2007 novel, As Though She Were Sleeping, “one of the least linear books ever put down

The Architect of Flowers

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The Architect of Flowers William Lychack Mariner Books, March 2011 176 Pages $14.00 This book review was written by Walt McGough. “Still with us?” asks the narrator of “Stolpestad,” the first story in William Lychack’s collection The Architect of Flowers. That the question comes only two paragraphs into the book

New 40th Anniversary Issue Bloggers

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All of us here on the Ploughshares team are very excited about our 4oth anniversary and the brand new issue that comes with it!  Edited by co-founder DeWitt Henry and on sale now, the newest issue also brings us a new round of guest bloggers. On behalf of all

If You Knew Then What I Know Now

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If You Knew Then What I Know Now Ryan Van Meter Sarabande Books, April 2011 176 pages $15.95 In “First,” the opening essay of Ryan Van Meter’s autobiographical collection, Van Meter’s five-year-old self tells his best friend Ben that he loves him. When Ben responds the same way, Van

Michael Morse on his poem, “Void and Compensation (Facebook)”

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Michael’s Morse’s poem, “Void and Compensation (Facebook),” appears in our Spring 2011 issue, guest edited by Colm Toibin.  The poem opens with these lines: My friends who were and aren’t dead are coming back to say hello. There’s a wall that they write things on. They have status updates. Here,

Peter Kline on his poem “Revisionary”

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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 his poem to Kay Ryan: Over the last three

Hester Kaplan on her story “Natural Wonder”

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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 perched above the Blackstone River.  How to get there

40th Anniversary Interview with DeWitt Henry

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In honor of our 40th anniversary, the guest editor of our commemorative Summer 2011 issue, DeWitt Henry, answered a few questions about the past, present, and future of our beloved literary magazine. To read more about the 4oth anniversary and upcoming events, read the partner to this interview post,