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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Virginia Lee does not consider herself a poet, but she can write a decent set of song lyrics when the wind is just right and the moon’s phase is amenable. Lee mostly writes colloquial fiction set in the American South as suits her otherwise seemingly useless degree…

Click here to read more... Virginia Lee: Poetry: April 2020

Virginia Lee: Poetry: April 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I lived my entire childhood under the shadow of the Brushy Mountains in Western North Carolina. I lived in a farmhouse built in 1897 or so that was bought by my great great grandmother Pearl who was a madame in a brothel. My family was always rich…

Click here to read more... Savannah Wade: Poetry: April 2020

Savannah Wade: Poetry: April 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Gerry who’s worked as a healthcare consultant in Nashville, partied with relatives living in Greensboro and stayed awhile in Sunflower County, Mississippi. “FAMILIAS” Thirty-Seven Year Kvetch “I think it’s just elegant to have an imagination. I just have no imagination at all. I have lots of other…

Click here to read more... Gerard Sarnat: Poetry: April 2020

Gerard Sarnat: Poetry: April 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I’ve been cogitating Southern Lit for over sixty years, from the time I was a student of Donald Davidson, one of them Fugitive guys at Vanderbilt. (I was also on a fancy literary panel with John Crowe Ransom. Wrote a poem for Allen Tate which he said,…

Click here to read more... Malcom Glass: Poetry: April 2020

Malcom Glass: Poetry: April 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in the Cumberland Mountains in the Heart of Appalachia on Virginia’s Crooked Road near the border of Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina. My dad was a tobacco farmer, my brothers were loggers, and my uncle died of Black Lung Disease from his work in…

Click here to read more... Marianne Mersereau: Poetry : April 2020

Marianne Mersereau: Poetry : April 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I’ve lived at the margins for some time, within the southern sections of northern territories that is. I went to school in Southern Connecticut and now I live in the Southern Tier of upstate New York. As if I was planted, just above my own navel, when…

Click here to read more... Cole Depuy: Poetry: April 2020

Cole Depuy: Poetry: April 2020

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My Southern legitimacy statement is as follows: I received a BA in creative writing at Penn State prior to moving to Chincoteague, VA and working as a house painter. Finding that career much too difficult, I moved to Greensboro, NC and received an MA in Theatre at UNCG. My writing…

Click here to read more... Jonathan Giles: Poetry: April 2020

Jonathan Giles: Poetry: April 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Born and raised in Mississippi and never lived anywhere else. Bipolar Poetry Kindling Every guy I write is you. I type your name and delete it, type and delete and type and delete. (Google is my only confidante) You’re in my brain imprinted just like a flame…

Click here to read more... Julie Whitehead: Poetry: April 2020

Julie Whitehead: Poetry: April 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My Pap was named after the family’s most stubborn mule: Bud. He went by Bud all his life. THREE POEMS Shelter My cat won’t let me hug her, and now I know how my aunt feels when she gets to pettin’ on me, a grown man. Our…

Click here to read more... Seth Grindstaff : Poetry : March 2020

Seth Grindstaff : Poetry : March 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement Some writers question the right of Texans to claim they are part of the South. I claim that right because only a southerner would write about grandmothers who warn their grand children to not go into the one stall in the bathroom because only “coloreds” go there….

Click here to read more... Donna Walker-Nixon : Poetry : February 2020

Donna Walker-Nixon : Poetry : February 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Gainesville, Georgia, and raised in Flowery Branch with a Southern-Belle attitude to prove it. At my granny’s house, gossip may as well be a side dish during Sunday lunch. When I am not writing poetry, you can find me quoting Flannery O’Connor and Eudora…

Click here to read more... Brittany J. Barron: Poetry : February 2020

Brittany J. Barron: Poetry : February 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: crawl of the Mississippi Delta, Heath has emerged as a contemporary poetic voice. He has been published in numerous literary journals for both poetry and fiction. He resides in the country just north of the southern roads he once called home. Southern Virtues I ride through the…

Click here to read more... Heath Bowen : Poetry : February 2020

Heath Bowen : Poetry : February 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and raised south of Interstate 10 to a mother named Juanita, who was born and raised in the Appalachians, in Blacksburg, Virginia. I am distantly related to Addison Caldwell, the first cadet at Virginia Tech in the 1860s. My uncles Harlan and Clarence had…

Click here to read more... John Rickmon : Three Poems from North Florida : Poetry: February 2020

John Rickmon : Three Poems from North Florida : Poetry: February 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was drawn to Dead Mule for its deep investment in carrying on the tradition of that dense humid- backcountry writing made visible by Faulkner and O’ Connor and Toomer. Two Poems Backwater Prayer for John Today, like every day, I feel nicotine shooting through me. I…

Click here to read more... Corbin Louis : Poetry : January 2020

Corbin Louis : Poetry : January 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Gerry who’s worked as a healthcare consultant in Nashville, partied with relatives living in Greensboro and stayed awhile in Sunflower County, Mississippi. Lunacy 1. VARIATIONS ON SHRINK  [3] i.Cut And Dried Martinized Lingo?   One school of talk therapy Uses a few covert codes (Often overthought) About…

Click here to read more... Gerard Sarnat : Lunacy : January 2020

Gerard Sarnat : Lunacy : January 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Richmond, Virginia. I play drums in a band called Wrinkle Neck Mules. We recorded part of an album in Helen, Georgia. And I play drums in one called Chamomile & Whiskey, too. We’re about to record in Nashville. I love the South, in…

Click here to read more... Stuart Gunter : Poetry : January 2020

Stuart Gunter : Poetry : January 2020

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SOUTHERN LEGITIMACY STATEMENT: I’ve lived in Louisiana for a handful of years, and I’m now working on a PhD in English (Rhetoric and Composition) at LSU. In my time here, I’ve tried many different gas stations’ boudin (they always have the BEST boudin. My favorite: Nonc Kev’s in Rayne); done…

Click here to read more... Tyler Robert Sheldon : Poetry : December 2019

Tyler Robert Sheldon : Poetry : December 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born by coal oil lamplight in a tin-roofed farmhouse 6 miles outside Liberty, Mississippi. I list logging, plowing a mule, picking cotton and working in a country store in my resume. Learned to swim in an Amite River swimming hole–no lessons. My uncle went to…

Click here to read more... Robert Funderburk : Poetry : December 2019

Robert Funderburk : Poetry : December 2019

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My Southern Legitimacy is that I used to work towboats out of exotic ports such as Fouchon and Houma. There I developed a lifelong thirst for sweet tea and gumbo done right. If that isn’t enough legitimacy, I understand. Not everyone can be genuine Southern. Three Poems THE ACE HOTEL…

Click here to read more... Travis Stephens : Poetry : November 2019

Travis Stephens : Poetry : November 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: The folks below were born in Alabama, Louisiana, and North Carolina. Unless there is a statute of limitations on the Southern Legitimacy Statement I sent you in 2016 when you kindly published my “Mule Toe” poem, I am opting out of this requirement. I have lived at…

Click here to read more... Richard Weaver : Three Southern Last Word poems : Poetry : November 2019

Richard Weaver : Three Southern Last Word poems : Poetry : November 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born by coal oil lamplight in a tin-roofed farmhouse 6 miles outside Liberty, Mississippi. I list logging, plowing with a mule, picking cotton and working in a country store in my resumé. Learned to swim in an Amite River swimming hole–no lessons. My uncle went to…

Click here to read more... Robert Funderburk : Three Poems : Poetry : October 2019

Robert Funderburk : Three Poems : Poetry : October 2019

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Acknowledgments This chapbook is dedicated to self. The first 33 poems were written in the Old Capital of China, Xi’an, in 2016 and the last few poems were composed at the immigration hospital in the city of Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.A. in April 2017. During my harshest time in Xi’an,…

Click here to read more... Chen Du : Pilgrimage – A Chapbook : Poetry : October 2019

Chen Du : Pilgrimage – A Chapbook : Poetry : October 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up in Easley, South Carolina, and now reside in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The closest I came to living in the northeast was when I lived in Maryland, and I lived there only a few months. All In a Day’s Work Candy Bar I entered the…

Click here to read more... John Graham : All In a Day’s Work : Poetry : September 2019

John Graham : All In a Day’s Work : Poetry : September 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My poetry focuses on my small hometown in Central Florida, celebrating the natural, beautiful, strangeness of the people and place that shaped me; the portion of the state that often goes unnoticed. Crystal and Walt I. Crystal Says She’s Not in Denial I’m never going to tell…

Click here to read more... Betsy Rupp : Crystal and Walt : Poetry : September 2019

Betsy Rupp : Crystal and Walt : Poetry : September 2019