Real Risk: Writing as a Performance Art

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Guest post by Alicia Jo Rabins A palace must have passages….a poem must have transitions. –Samuel Johnson (via Barbara Guest) In making poems, we cross from the known to the unknown. We destroy the drywall of the consciousness-room we’ve been living in, look at the sky beyond, and then

Ploughshares Presents Tony Hoagland

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We were honored to have Tony Hoagland pay a visit to the Paramount Center back in February. At long last — the official videos are here! You can also check out our Pshares page on YouTube. Some of our favorite moments: “I tell my own students, I say you

You Talk Funny: Some Notes on Accessibility and Poetry

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Guest post by Peter B. Hyland At a dinner event last week, I met an engaging lawyer who was very interested in the fact that I write poetry. He had an enthusiasm for wanting to read poems, but admitted that he rarely does. His explanation was familiar–poetry can be

The Bottom of the Mere

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Guest post by James Arthur I’d like to think that although poetic styles change, as they should, the themes of poetry are more durable: that poets will keep writing love poems, for example, as long as romantic love exists, and writing elegies as long as there is death, because

Elizabeth Smither, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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Elizabeth Smither was New Zealand poet laureate (2001-3). She has published fifteen collections of poetry as well as novels and short stories. In 2008 she was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry. Click here to read (and hear Smither read) some of her work. Smither’s

Cleveland and the Art of Living

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“The Full Cleveland and the Salon of the Refused”: Part II Guest post by Alicia Jo Rabins Read Part I here. III. Julie Patton, an artist, writer, visionary and teacher with roots in Cleveland, asked this question (about Cleveland the place, not Cleveland the suit from last week) in

“I Pledge My Death-Wattle to the Cause of Poetry”

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Guest post by Peter B. Hyland One of the finest readings I can remember attending took place a few years ago. It was held at the Museum of Printing History in Houston, a serene little building displaying so many typographical wonders that each time I leave I feel compelled

The Dead Poets Society

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Three for three: James starts today as our final Get Behind the Plough blogger for the Winter 2009-10 issue! What better way to kick back on a Friday afternoon? As always, read. Savor. Leave comments. “The Dead Poets Society” Guest post by James Arthur I sometimes feel self-conscious when

Editor-in-Chief Ladette Randolph Reads in Boston

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Our spring schedule is jam-packed with readings, from Tony Hoagland to Elizabeth Strout. Now we want to alert you to two upcoming evenings with our wonderful editor-in-chief, Ladette Randolph. Monday, March 22 Ladette joins the Four Stories Series for “The Places We Go: Tales of Voyage and Discovery.” This

The Full Cleveland and the Salon of the Refused

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Today we welcome back Alicia Jo Rabins, our second guest blogger from the Winter 2009-10 Ploughshares. Thanks to all who read and commented on our first Get Behind the Plough with Peter B. Hyland. We encourage you to use this space to ask questions and continue conversations. “The Full