Free Ploughshares! Featuring Guest Editor Philip Levine

Here at Ploughshares, we’ve been lucky enough that the new Poet Laureate of the United States Philip Levine has guest edited our magazine not once, but two times in our forty year history. Today we’re featuring the first issue, published in Winter 1988 and filled with contributions from writers as diverse as Yusef Komunyakaa, Dean Young, and Joyce Carol Oates.

In order to win this issue, please comment in the space below explaining why you love Philip Levine or any of the issue’s contributors. We’ll read through the comments and our managing editor Andrea Drygas will choose our winning commenter by noon tomorrow. After that, we’ll send you the issue and you’ll have up to thirty days to write a review that we’ll later publish on the Ploughshares blog and website, in honor of our upcoming fortieth anniversary.

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UPDATE: I’ve made my selection, and so this posting is now CLOSED. We’ll be doing this every week, so there will be plenty more chances for free issues. Stay tuned!

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About Rhian Sasseen

Rhian Sasseen is a rising senior and English Language & Literature major at Smith College in Northampton, MA. She is a summer editorial intern at Ploughshares.
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4 Responses to Free Ploughshares! Featuring Guest Editor Philip Levine

  1. Faye Snider says:

    Philip Levine’s poetry about working class Detroit evokes a time, place and period in my life when, as a young, sheltered college student, I transferred to Wayne University from Simmons College and learned first hand about the automotive industry, its dis-affected workers, and the effect of car mobility on the urban landscape.His work has the uncanny ability to transport the reader into the automatic world of the assembly line worker, its dilemmas and struggles. His language is plain and pithy and lyrical, an uncanny combination which evokes my awe and empathy.

  2. Matt says:

    Phil Levine has taught me what I love most about poetry—what can be learned through the tangible world, from simple things something that is much more complex. Plus, he taught and learned from Larry Levis who is my other master. Beyond that, having been around him very briefly, he seems a genuine and funny guy.

  3. Joel Ferdon says:

    The issue of Ploughshares that Philip Levine edited in 2007 was not only the first issue of Ploughshares that I ever picked up, but it was also the first I had heard of Philip Levine; it was striking, the ways in which he had lived his life, going basically from the work house to the classroom, but never leaving behind his blue-collar, middle class upbringing and understandings of life. This type of narrative point of view is not easy to accomplish, but I found Levine to be blunt, understanding and honest with his readers when it came to the cruel working world that was the 1930′s; but those are themes that still ring true today, and themes that poets are still trying to master. This wowed me in the sense that a man who has been writing for nearly a century can comment on and blaze a trail for the working man within literature; an achievement writers such as Tim O’Brien, Natasha Tretheway, Dean Young and many more have been influenced by and still develop in their work today. Philip Levine spoke a clear message to me, and that is never quit working, but also quit writing.

  4. Joel Ferdon says:

    *Never quit writing.