Bill Lavender's Another South: Experimental Writing in the South PDF

By Bill Lavender

ISBN-10: 0817312404

ISBN-13: 9780817312404

ISBN-10: 0817312412

ISBN-13: 9780817312411

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Another South is an anthology of poetry from modern southern writers who're operating in types 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 course of a brand new breed of southern writing that's right away common in its allure and neighborhood in its flavor.
 
Focusing on poets presently living within the South, the anthology contains either rising and tested voices within the nationwide and overseas literary international. From the invocations of Andy Young's "Vodou Headwashing rite" to the blues-informed poems of Lorenzo Thomas and Honorée Jeffers, from the several voicings of )ohn Lowther and Kalamu ya Salaam to the visible, multi-genre artwork of Jake Berry, David Thomas Roberts, and Bob Grumman, the poetry in Another South is wealthy in kind and enthusiastic in its explorations of recent how you can include 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 throughout the medium of poetry.
 
Hank Lazer's introductory essay approximately "Kudzu textuality" contextualizes the paintings by way of those modern innovators. just like the uncontrollable runaway vine that entwines the southern panorama, their poems are hyperfertile, stretching their roots and shoots relentlessly, right now 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 folks art—primitive, outstanding, and mystic.

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There is no escape. being amused will haunt you forever, as am I, from having survived this wasted body, and for having loved more than I could. Proscenium Moon in memory where sleep is perfect and more terrible than air the heart has its own weather I find odd hours glowing treasures to nest sit on the levee with Paul & Beth listen to the river swim by in ships working gears consider the possibility of heaven mixed with wine from down here how no sun shapes a dazzling bright how Beth says the stars are making triangles we tilt our heads back like at the movies and watch spacejunk falling out of the sky I think of womb and my dream of giving birth to a child smeared with excrement and barely breathing and how everything beneath my skin only lives and barely lives a box of no roses stammering alphabets eyes poured out like stones You are reading copyrighted material published by the University of Alabama Press.

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