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The Spring 2007 issue of Ploughshares, guest-edited by Edward Hirsch. Ploughshares, a journal of new writing, is guest-edited serially by prominent writers who explore different personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles.

Guest-edited by poet and critic Edward Hirsch (How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry), the Spring 2007 issue of Ploughshares contains prose and poetry by such authors including Joyce Carol Oates, Patricia ...
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Overview

The Spring 2007 issue of Ploughshares, guest-edited by Edward Hirsch. Ploughshares, a journal of new writing, is guest-edited serially by prominent writers who explore different personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles.

Guest-edited by poet and critic Edward Hirsch (How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry), the Spring 2007 issue of Ploughshares contains prose and poetry by such authors including Joyce Carol Oates, Patricia Hampl, Stuart Dybek, Jim Shepard, Philip Levine, Wislawa Szymborska, and Adam Zagajewski. In his Introduction to the issue, Hirsch says, "I want to send out this issue of Ploughshares in the high spirits of a Saturday morning in late March. I was alone and took a long walk by myself, but I also carried with me this surprising gathering of writers, this sudden congregation of solitaries, some from different countries, a few no longer living. It was solitude with others, some of whom scared me with their intensity, which is what one wants from art."

Full Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
Edward Hirsch

EDITOR PROFILE
Brian Barker

FICTION

"Ghosts," by Charles Baxter
"Closely Held," by Allegra Goodman
"Winter Worm, Summer Weed," by Xiaolu Guo
"Goat," by Beena Kamlani
"Hi Howya Doin," by Joyce Carol Oates
"Pleasure Boating in Lituya Bay," by Jim Shepard
"Dressing Up," by Maxine Swann

NONFICTION

"Dead of the Night," by Patricia Hampl

POETRY

Marjorie Agosin
Marianne Boruch
David Bottoms
Yiorgos Chouliaras
Nicholas Christopher
Victoria Clausi
Michael Collier
Josephine Dickinson
Stuart Dybek
Robin Ekiss
Gary Fincke
Chris Forhan
Judith Hall
Patrick Hicks
Bob Hicok
Garrett Hongo
Maria Hummel
Ryszard Krynicki
Philip Levine
Bronislaw Maj
Corey Marks
Cate Marvin
James McCorkle
Michael Milburn
Eugenio Montejo
Muriel Nelson
Debra Nystrom
Jiri Orten
Jacqueline Osherow
Sue Owen
Elizabeth Powell
Len Roberts
John Rybicki
Caroline Sanderson
Philip Schultz
Vijay Seshadri
Jason Shinder
Ron Slate
Ann Snodgrass
Susan Stewart
Dan Stryk
Wislawa Szymborksa
Daniel Tobin
David Wagoner
Charles Harper Webb
George Witte
Valerie Wohlfeld
Kevin Young
Adam Zagajewski

EDITORS' SHELF
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016347905
  • Publisher: Ploughshares / Emerson College
  • Publication date: 4/15/2007
  • Series: Ploughshares Solos , #331
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 230
  • File size: 992 KB

Meet the Author

Edward Hirsch was born in Chicago in 1950 and educated both at Grinnell College and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Ph.D. in folklore.

His first collection of poems, For the Sleepwalkers, was published in 1981 and went on to receive the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University. His second collection, Wild Gratitude (1986), received the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Since then, he has published several books of poems, most recently The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 2011); Special Orders (2008); Lay Back the Darkness (2003); On Love (1998); Earthly Measures (1994); and The Night Parade (1989).

He is also the author of the prose volumes The Demon and the Angel: Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration (Harcourt, 2002), Responsive Reading (1999), and the national bestseller How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999), which the poet Garrett Hongo called "the product of a lifetime of passionate reflection" and "a wonderful book for laureate and layman both." Most recently, he published Poet's Choice (Harcourt, 2007), which collects two years' worth of his weekly essay-letters running in the Washington Post Book World.

About his poetry, the poet Dana Goodyear wrote for the Los Angeles Times Book Review, "It takes a brave poet to follow Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Milton into the abyss . . . Hirsch's poems [are] compassionate, reverential, sometimes relievingly ruthless."

Hirsch has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, an Academy of Arts and Letters Award, and a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award.

He has been a professor of English at Wayne State University and the University of Houston. Hirsch is currently the president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

In 2008, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
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