Austin Segrest on Keats and Language’s Sensuality

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Austin Segrest’s poem “The Spanish Steps: Keats Departing” imagines the sadness and anger felt by poet John Keats during the final few days of his life, when “he could no longer taste” any of the food prepared for him. The poem appears in our Spring 2010 issue, but here

Faith Shearin on Time and Aging

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Faith Shearin’s poem “The Old Boyfriends” can be read on our site. It appears in our Spring 2010 issue, alongside her poems “Not Knowing,” an elegy to a life on the beach slowly disappearing, and “Being Called Ma’am,” excerpted below: A distance opens between the woman they see and

Writing the Requiem Days

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Guest post by Aimee Nezhukumatathil Dear Reader, I confess I have not been having very “poetic” impulses lately. I type this from the haze of late-night feedings and though I may think of a line or two during those navy blue colored early mornings, if I don’t get pen

Behind the Cover Redesign

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Longtime subscribers of Ploughshares will have noticed a dramatic change in the journal’s appearance between our Spring 2009 issue, guest-edited by Eleanor Wilner, and Fall 2009 issue, guest-edited by Kathryn Harrison: The iconic art-and-title design used throughout most of our history had been replaced by a brighter, contemporary grid

Jay Rogoff on History and Ballet in Contemporary Poetry

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“Swanilda Meets Her Twin,” a spiraling poem of realization and emotion by Jay Rogoff, appeared in our Spring 2010 issue. In two voices it compares Swanilda to her manufactured twin, noting the subtle–yet important–differences between flesh and blood, and imitation. An excerpt: And her eyes, miracles of darkened vision,

Amy Newman on Her Favorite Cashier and the Poetry of Everyday Moments

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Our Spring 2010 issue contains the poems “The Cat” and “Making Small Talk, the Cashier at the Grocery Inadvertently Creates a Religion” by Amy Newman. The first poem takes a small moment, watching a cat, and builds wonderment up toward “the creature’s stubborn desire / to find its commonplace,

Staying In, Staying Put

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Guest post by Aimee Nezhukumatathil Greetings from the land of popsicles and frozen blueberries! It is blueberry time here in Western NY. My family just returned from our local organic farm (actually called “Blueberry Hill,” how cute is that?) and I have been searching for new recipes to try

Lawless Discipline and Other Western Charms

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Guest post by Carol Keeley Before caravanning West with a couple of movers–who drove out from the mountains, arrived ripely hung-over, looked at all the boxes of books and 78s, then called local movers to off-load the gig–we lived half a block from a drive-through liquor store. Weeks earlier,

Scott Nadelson on Fictional Autobiography and Surprising Details

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Our Spring 2010 issue includes the story “Dolph Schayes’s Broken Arm” by Scott Nadelson, who recently wrapped up his duties as a Get Behind the Plough blogger. The story’s narrator recalls the physical manifestations of lost love during his twentieth summer, as he struggles to cope with a job

A Summer Reading List From Ploughshares

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Elisabeth Denison, one of Ploughshares‘ wonderful summer editorial interns, wrote this post. Compiled here is an assortment of poetry and short fiction, novels and memoir, which has been amassed with the leisurely undertaking of ‘summer reading’ in mind. All of the works evoke, in some sense, the pace and