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My Southern Legitimacy Statement: Born in Virginia though the important years happened in North Carolina, now I live in Hanoi, which though considered the north here is still farther south than anywhere else I’ve ever lived. Summer Portrait Nasturtiums and deflated, purple balloon flowers.Wild tiger lilies orange and defiant the…

Click here to read more... Christopher Louvet: Poetry : August 2021

Christopher Louvet: Poetry : August 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I’m an Memphian, currently living just outside Jacksonville, Florida. Ohio She is all about living large, She, with a capital S.Living large is easy when you’ve never worked.Working sooner or later makes you feel small. Itgrinds you down, tears you up; we all go into themeat grinder,…

Click here to read more... David Lohrey: Poetry: August 2021

David Lohrey: Poetry: August 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am originally from Dickson, TN… yes Dickson, a town with no Starbucks or Target. I’m now living on the river in Nashville, TN. So Suddenly Mortal I dreamt I was old and nowthe waking hours seem sharperlike broken shells on a patch of sandmy feet have…

Click here to read more... Chelsea Davis: Poetry: August 2021

Chelsea Davis: Poetry: August 2021

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My Southern Legitimacy Philosophy: The minute I cross the Louisiana border, strangers assume I’m a neighbor, distant relative, someone they know. Like I never left. Maybe it’s my brassy humor, my tuba laugh. Wheel of Misfortune When my future ex stepped from hiswhite Caddy, tanked, and the dick threw his…

Click here to read more... Margo Davis: Poetry: August 2021

Margo Davis: Poetry: August 2021

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Southern Legitimacy? I was born and raised in Kentucky, which is south of Ohio, though a bit north of Tennessee. I think I have more southern cred than J.D. Vance, since I spent more than a few summers with my mamaw. A writer dreams of America ~after Jack Kerouac A…

Click here to read more... Jay Sizemore: Poetry: August 2021

Jay Sizemore: Poetry: August 2021

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Statement of Southern Legitimacy: My family came to North Carolina in the 1600’s. Then we got lost somehow and found ourselves in Iowa. (Still, it was southern Iowa). The U.S. Air Force came to our aid by shipping my father to Biloxi. This was pre-casinos, barely pre-Camille Biloxi. Back when…

Click here to read more... Craig Kenworthy: Poetry : August 2021

Craig Kenworthy: Poetry : August 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in West Virginia. Torn between the northern and southern cultures in the United States, I grew up conflicted about my identity as a young woman from Appalachia. When I tell someone I’m from West Virginia, I usually get the response, “How close to Richmond…

Click here to read more... Elizabeth Warner : Poetry : August 2021

Elizabeth Warner : Poetry : August 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Hope all is well. I’m writing to you from south North America, bottom cousin to our neighbors (Canada) to the north. I don’t know if that legitimizes my submission, but I’m going out on a limb just to see. Something Like Language rainalways makesme thinkof languageas lessor…

Click here to read more... Chad W. Lutz : Poetry : July 2021

Chad W. Lutz : Poetry : July 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I left Virginia more than 30 years ago to settle eventually in Seattle: “As far away from us as you can get!” my folks would say. Though I’m happily settled in the Pacific Northwest, I reminisce about humid summer days at the Chesapeake Bay where my parents…

Click here to read more... Therese Beale: Poetry: July 2021

Therese Beale: Poetry: July 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born north of the Mason-Dixon line, but with a Southern spirit. Now I’m happily settled where Southern red cedar bedecked in Spanish moss shares the landscape with live oaks and cabbage palms—Florida,the land of flowers, where it’s harder to stop something from growing than to…

Click here to read more... Lisa Taylor: Poetry: July 2021

Lisa Taylor: Poetry: July 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I live a little over eight miles south of the Mason-Dixon Line in a state carved out of glaciers and war. I only eat Mister Bee’s potato chips. Tracing Inert Gasses on West Virginia Day Truth is, I don’t really knowwhat xenon is, but some nightsfull up…

Click here to read more... Renee Nicholson: Poetry: June 2021

Renee Nicholson: Poetry: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I lived in Kentucky in the 1970s and taught American literature and creative writing at Transylvania University in Lexington, where I frequented the literary scene and gave poetry readings. One of my novels, Devil Dancer, is set in Lexington, another novel, Blacksnake’s Path, has a chapter set…

Click here to read more... William Heath: Poetry: June 2021

William Heath: Poetry: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I have lived in Virginia for nearly 30 years, but that’s not my SLS. I grew up in south Minneapolis, playing hockey outdoors every winter day unless it snowed too hard, so that’s not my SLS. A long time ago, I married an Alabama girl. At least…

Click here to read more... Raymond Byrnes: Poetry: June 2021

Raymond Byrnes: Poetry: June 2021

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Not a southern legitimacy statement, but a statement nonetheless: I was born and raised in Olsztyn, Poland. I studied history at UWM in Olsztyn and currently live and write in Gdansk. born It would take two flights of narrow stairs below the street.The room filled slowly until obstinate gravity suffocated…

Click here to read more... Kamil Czyz: Poetry: June 2021

Kamil Czyz: Poetry: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and raised in Michigan, which is south of Canada. When I was 12 years old I was stranded in Kentucky for a week, which is south of Cincinnati. I am a freelance writer and have a degree in History and Political Science from Central…

Click here to read more... Jeffrey Miller: Poetry: June 2021

Jeffrey Miller: Poetry: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My family has lived in the south for around 400 years. Something Simple The days are getting longer and longer, a deputy marshal got a shave afterkilling a man on the Western. I want something simple like whenmy grandfather sliced open awatermelon with a big knife onhis…

Click here to read more... Benjamin Nash : Poetry: June 2021

Benjamin Nash : Poetry: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: A native Atlantan (not many of those) with deep matriarchal roots in Savannah, I eventually ended up enrolling at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN, where I now teach a course on Tennessee Williams. I can drawl if I have to, but I’ve found it…

Click here to read more... Virginia Craighill : Poetry: June 2021

Virginia Craighill : Poetry: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My parents are both Mississippians. My grandfather, Reuben Davis, published two novels about life in the Delta. I grew up in Auburn, Alabama, catching snakes, turtles, lizards, and crawdads, and went to college at the University of the South (Sewanee), where I now teach. I still eye…

Click here to read more... Jennifer Davis Michael: Poetry: June 2021

Jennifer Davis Michael: Poetry: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Confederacy’s Capitol Richmond, Virginia in 1960. By the 1970’s my family had moved to Petersburg, Virginia. I metal detected at Battlefield Park near a grown over ditch that was “The Crater.” Every so often some fool in Walnut Hill would put a parrot…

Click here to read more... James Huneycutt: Poetry: June 2021

James Huneycutt: Poetry: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Coming from Florida, I am no stranger to wild pets. Kat Kitchins in Neptune Beach was notorious for nursing newborn wolves, and I’ve seen a baby gator in a bathtub in Tallahassee. Over the past few months, I’ve attempted to sketch a next-door neighbor in Carolina, both…

Click here to read more... Forrest Rapier: Poetry: June 2021

Forrest Rapier: Poetry: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My family came here the year before the Mayflower on the ship that Pocahontas went back to the mother country on. They settled in what’s now Patrick County, VA, and there they’ve stayed ever since. Except my grandmother, who raised me. She ran from the farm the…

Click here to read more... Pam Watts: Poetry: June 2021

Pam Watts: Poetry: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up in north Alabama, where I learned to shoot Roman candles at bulls from a truck bed, where I caught a baseball with my nose before I could catch one barehanded, where I lay in an ant bed so the doc could check my ankle…

Click here to read more... Will Justice Drake: Poetry: June 2021

Will Justice Drake: Poetry: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am so Southern I capitalize it. I am so Southern, every Sunday my dad would drive us out to the country to see the old home place where he had a pet pig and ate turnips on the way home from school. I am so Southern…

Click here to read more... Barbara Conrad: Poetry: May 2021

Barbara Conrad: Poetry: May 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am originally from Memphis, Tennessee where I attended school from 2nd to 12th grades, at Memphis Campus School and White Station High. After college, I moved to Florida where I am now retired. The Queen’s Skin I, too, am dying to find out why the Queen’s…

Click here to read more... David Lohrey: Poetry: May 2021

David Lohrey: Poetry: May 2021