LITERATURE: Ploughshares – Poetry

While it was my intention to breeze through these literary journals quickly, reading just the limited number of short stories, I do tend to check out some of the many poems when walking with the book in hand or just having time for a quickie.

There are some excellent poems in this issue (Vol. 30, No. 4).  There’s one about a teacher who is determined to reach the students and make sure they understand his point in a particular poem, as the students freeze and die. (Cold Reading, Brenden Constantine) and another about who we are and who we thought we’d be, in Taking Out Trash by Charles Harper Webb. 

There are some clunkers (in my amateur opinion) as well, but the majority of those I’ve read are very well done.

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