Charles Simic Archive

Journey into the Unknown: An Investigation of Metaphysical Poetry

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At a poetry workshop recently I heard the word metaphysical used to describe several contemporary American poets of disparate temperaments. At times metaphysical sounded erudite, at times dismissive, and I wasn’t sure I wanted it near poems and poets I loved.

“Different Paths Up the Same Mountain”: An Interview with Adele Kenny

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Adele Kenny’s poems speak from the head and the heart, giving thoughtful scrutiny to the moments that move us—whether to wonder or to grief. She is the author of more than 20 books of poetry and nonfiction, including What Matters, winner of the 2012 International Book Award for Poetry,

Ploughshares Spring 2015: An Extended Introduction by Guest Editor Neil Astley

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Why is it that most American poets know very little about contemporary poetry from Britain and Ireland? A good number of them are published in Britain; they give readings at festivals in the UK and Ireland where they’re able to meet and hear the work of their British and

Five Books That Changed How I Think About Writing

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The best books I’ve read haven’t just been good: they’ve changed the way I think about writing, they’ve challenged what I think a book can and should do, they’ve encouraged me to go back to older texts and read them in a new light. In short, they’ve not only

I Love the ’80s! Ploughshares Guest Editors Past

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We asked fans of our journal (on Facebook and Twitter) who they thought would make great guest editors of the future. Among the many great answers, we stumbled across a few names who have already made great contributions to Ploughshares. This got us thinking about the many names you’ll