Ploughshares Winter 1988 Guest-Edited by Philip Levine

Ploughshares Winter 1988 Guest-Edited by Philip Levine

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An issue of Ploughshares from Winter 1988, guest-edited by Philip Levine. Ploughshares, a journal of new writing, is guest-edited serially by prominent writers who explore different personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles.

This classic collection of poetry and prose, guest-edited by Pulitzer Prize winner and 2011 Poet Laureate Philip Levine, features the work of Yusef Komunyaaka, Mary Karr, Jane Shore, Larry Levis, Fanny Howe, and many other talented poets and writers.

S. A. Stirnemann, Three Poems
Mark Jarman, "The Tuba Lesson," "The Death of God"
Nancy Schoenberger, "Men Were Swimming," "The Great Indifference: Clouds Billowing Up"
Larry Levis, "Three Illustrations"
Michael Collier, "Territory," "Skimming"
Fanny Howe, "11/11"
David Ray, "Isaac Again"
Bin Ramke, "The Future of Supplication"
Gail Mazur, "Poem Ending With Three Lines From Wordsworth," "After the Storm, August"
Dixie Lane, "You Are the Distance"
Zona Teti, "Erosion"
Joyce Carol Oates, "The Silence," "The Consolation of Animals"
Jane Shore, "Monday"
Mary Karr, "Bad Family"
Christopher Buckley, "Another Place and Time," "Blackbirds in a Parking Lot, Southern California"
James Haug, "Meeting Walter," "A Song for Stolen Bread"
Gloria Kurian Broder, "The Man Who Loved Detroit"
Alicia Ostriker, "Surfer Days," "From the Moon"
Roberta Spear, "Conversions"
Michael Sofranko, "Near Lone Tree," "Happy to Have It"
Robert McDowell, "What They Do at the New Church"
Steve Kronen, "The Reverend Falwell Describes the Bakkers' Swimming Pool," "Think of the Blackouts"
Robert Vasquez, "Coyotes"
Dean Young, "Memories of the Invisible Man"
Colette Inez, "Aubade," "Midwest Albas"
James Finnegan, 'The Tidepool," "Seeing in the Dark"
Thomas Emery, "Lou Labonte's Inn"
B. H. Boston, "Processional," "When the Train Comes"
Roger Mitchell, "Seeing Some Feral Goats"
David Barber, "Elegy for the Bad Uncles," "Prospectus"
Liza Wieland, "Lie Near"
Linda Pastan, "Gleaning"
Thomas Swick, "Martial Law Journal"
Yusef Komunyakaa, "Venus's-flytraps"
Dennis Sampson, "The Commandment"

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014941068
Publisher: Ploughshares / Emerson College
Publication date: 12/01/1988
Series: Ploughshares , #144
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 162
File size: 670 KB

About the Author

Born in Detroit, Michigan, on January 10, 1928, Philip Levine was formally educated in the Detroit public school system and at Wayne University (now Wayne State University), Michigan's only urban public research university. After graduation, Levine worked a number of industrial jobs, including the night shift at the Chevrolet Gear and Axle factory, reading and writing poems in his off hours. In 1953, he studied at the University of Iowa, earning a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. There, Levine studied with poets Robert Lowell and John Berryman, the latter of which Levine called his "one great mentor."

In 1957, after teaching technical writing in Iowa City, Levine travelled to California, where he hoped to relocate with his wife and two children. Levine was welcomed by the poet Yvor Winters, who agreed to house the aspiring poet until he found a place to live and later chose Levine for a Stanford Writing Fellowship.

Levine published his debut collection of poems, On the Edge (The Stone Wall Press), in 1963, followed by Not This Pig (Wesleyan University Press) in 1968.

Since then, Levine has published numerous books of poetry, most recently News of the World (Alfred A. Knopf, 2010); Breath (2004); The Mercy (1999); The Simple Truth (1994), which won the Pulitzer Prize; What Work Is (1991), which won the National Book Award; New Selected Poems (1991); Ashes: Poems New and Old (Atheneum, 1979), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the first American Book Award for Poetry; 7 Years From Somewhere (1979), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Names of the Lost (1975), which won the 1977 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets; and They Feed They Lion (1973).

Levine has received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize from Poetry, the Frank O'Hara Prize, and two Guggenheim Foundation fellowships.

He taught for many years at California State University, Fresno, and has served as Distinguished Poet in Residence for the Creative Writing Program at New York University.

In 2000, Levine was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In 2011, Levine was named the 18th U.S. Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress. Retired from teaching, Levine currently divides his time between Brooklyn and Fresno.


Fresno, California

Date of Birth:

January 10, 1928

Place of Birth:

Detroit, Michigan


B.A., Wayne State University; M.F.A., Iowa Writers Workshop, University of Iowa

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