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

Bridget Lowe on Recipients of Poetry

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Bridget Lowe, who’s brightened up our Get Behind the Plough feature for the past few months, published three poems in our Spring 2010 issue: “Anti-Pastoral;” “The Pilgrim is Bridled and Bespectacled,” in which the speaker honors the world, even “after everything / we’ve been through;” and “The Pilgrim Looks

Who Is Your Writing Family?

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Guest post by Aimee Nezhukumatathil Reader, I have survived a full two weeks of having a newborn at home. I suppose “survive” is a bit melodramatic for how fast and joy-filled it actually was and in spite of my doubts of all the reassurances from my friends and family

Literary Conversations

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Guest post by Carol Keeley It began, like most obsessions, in a used bookstore on Broadway. Late one afternoon, I was listlessly foraging for food and stopped to browse pre-loved books in my old Chicago neighborhood. I venture to say that most people most of the time experience the

Roger Mitchell on Sonnets and Love

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Poet Roger Mitchell contributed the poems “Mouth” and “Looking at an Old Photograph” to our Spring 2010 issue. Both poems construct their images around the ideas of sight and images worth remembering. In “…Old Photograph” the image is “the vista we were after / since nobody’s in it.” In

Rejections for Children

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Guest post by Bridget Lowe When I was nine years old I received, as unceremoniously as I’d come to expect later in life, my very first rejection: The magazine was Highlights for Children, the one you see in the waiting room of every dentist and pediatrician, stacked next to

Dana Levin on Dreaming Poems Alive

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Our Spring 2010 issue includes Dana Levin’s poem “Her Dream,” a simultaneously beautiful and disturbing moment in which “We are arguing about children” and searching for a solution to an unforeseen problem they present. Here, Levin recalls the origins of the poem: “Her Dream” came from, well, a dream.

What Is Your Ideal Space to Create?

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Guest post by Aimee Nezhukumatathil This is the first year since I started teaching at SUNY-Fredonia–nine years ago now–that I didn’t leave my house to go on a writing retreat (awarded or self-imposed). I have an office at home painted my favorite shade of robin’s-egg blue with red accents

Tigerella Needs a Home

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Guest post by Carol Keeley In an email exchange with David Gates, Jonathan Lethem writes: Hey, David. As I was saying to my 2,472 friends the other day, these certainly are strange times in the history of the boundary between the human persons and the written words. He goes

Behind the Poetry

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Guest post by John Skoyles, Poetry Editor The poetry selections at Ploughshares are made through the following process: The guest editors’ responsibility is to fill 90 pages of poetry. They accept approximately 45 pages from what they solicit themselves; I never see that work until it is ready to