By Bill Lavender
Another South is an anthology of poetry from modern southern writers who're operating in kinds which are radical, cutting edge, and visionary. hugely experimental and hard in nature, the poetry during this quantity, with its syntactical disjunctions, formal revolutions, and typographic playfulness, represents the path of a brand new breed of southern writing that's instantaneously common in its allure and nearby in its flavor.
Focusing on poets at present dwelling within the South, the anthology comprises either rising and tested voices within the nationwide and overseas literary global. From the invocations of Andy Young's "Vodou Headwashing rite" to the blues-informed poems of Lorenzo Thomas and Honorée Jeffers, from the various voicings of )ohn Lowther and Kalamu ya Salaam to the visible, multi-genre paintings of Jake Berry, David Thomas Roberts, and Bob Grumman, the poetry in Another South is wealthy in style and enthusiastic in its explorations of latest how you can embrace position and time. those writers have made the South lush with a poetic avant-garde all its personal, not just redefining southern identification and voice but in addition supplying new versions of what's attainable universally in the course of the medium of poetry.
Hank Lazer's introductory essay approximately "Kudzu textuality" contextualizes the paintings via those modern innovators. just like the uncontrollable runaway vine that entwines the southern panorama, their poems are hyperfertile, stretching their roots and shoots relentlessly, instantaneously harmful and regenerative. In creating a radical departure from nostalgic southern literary voices, those poems of polyvocal abundance are nearer in spirit to "speaking in tongues" or apocalyptic southern people art—primitive, incredible, and mystic.
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For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. Another South 17 in Mama’s quivering abdomen her stamen machine is a twisting drill thick in the ticking that comforts pathogen lunations where I write beaten and broken to sleep Three days into the mountains the old man set off north to scout a trail he thought might lead to a lower pass. By nightfall he hadn’t returned. So the next morning two of the others followed the trail to a point where it began to break. For the rest of the day they searched the surrounding woods and hills, but nothing, no sign of him, living or dead.
Copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. 26 Dave Brinks The Story Pillow spit in the shape of an ocean the pink walls were all the same they were wedding presents they had always hung there you could cure any kind of sickness with them red slits of eyes a cheerful freckled face it was that kind of warm noon behind a scatter of green an orchard of cherry & apricot grew from the hollow out of my mind Any Blue Movie for Paul Jamey dear friends: the snowflakes of armageddon are us it’s a blue movie dripping baffled & disconnected like the tomb of christ and as with any twilight blasted with milk we held it just enough to hold it until the clockwork jewels broke off then it was anyone’s trial with judas You are reading copyrighted material published by the University of Alabama Press.
Nothing of you can be said, much less written. Outside of you I sound the few strings my fingers can reach, as though I knew the song, silence on the point of you not in me. * where once I carried a rosary now the knife a girl with no father gave me the pity: our brother and sister have no way to take themselves from god’s sight another night under the cracked moon, the mind beyond persevering tries to hope, a spectacle no telling what to call he does not fall from deep in the nightsky as from the loom of your transcendence You are reading copyrighted material published by the University of Alabama Press.
Another South: Experimental Writing in the South (Modern and Contemporary Poetics) by Bill Lavender