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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

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Native to Virginia and long-resident in Georgia, I’m as Southern as Southern can be. (Let’s not talk about the seven-year stretch in New Jersey.) A prominent Mid-Western poet once told me during a workshop, “I could listen to you read the phone book.” Three Poems Idlewild The…

Click here to read more... Jane Blanchard : Three Poems : Poetry : September 2019

Jane Blanchard : Three Poems : Poetry : September 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in the south; the south of Nicosia, Cyprus. Intercommunal conflict has marked my birth place as the last divided capital in the world. Growing up, I was not permitted to cross to the other side of my city. Since the opening of the border…

Click here to read more... Marilena Zackheos : Poetry : August 2019

Marilena Zackheos : Poetry : August 2019

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My Southern Legitimacy Statement follows: My mother had me in a Baptist hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee, and my father almost missed my birth because he was watching the Andy Griffith Show. I was raised in a house that had a creek in the backyard and a picture of Elvis on…

Click here to read more... Sophie Ezzell : Poetry : August 2019

Sophie Ezzell : Poetry : August 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am not born and bred but I have lived in the South–and if being an authentic individual is what the South is about–then I am Southern. Also, my son was born about as deep down as you can get and still be in America. Down Here…

Click here to read more... Thomas Osatchoff : Down Here in the Coal Mine : Poetry : August 2019

Thomas Osatchoff : Down Here in the Coal Mine : Poetry : August 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Jeff is a musician, educator, and author from Huntsville, AL. He enjoys time alone to think and pursue creative projects, but not as much as he enjoys a good cup of coffee with his wife, Amy. The Writer’s Poem I don’t want to work tonight I’d rather…

Click here to read more... Jeff Binkley : The Writer’s Poem : August 2019

Jeff Binkley : The Writer’s Poem : August 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: John Dorroh’s Irish ancestors reached the shores of South Carolina a few hundred years ago, and began migrating to the west and south. County Antrim is well-represented by the Dorroh lineage. After traveling the world as an army brat, Dorroh spent most of his life in Columbus,…

Click here to read more... John Dorroh : Asparagus Tales : August 2019

John Dorroh : Asparagus Tales : August 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I fear that my complete listing of southern legitimacy would crash the cosmos & petunias so I shall HENCEFORTHWITH condense – I was born a coal miner’s son in the coal hollers of southwestern Virginia & as a child my family like many poor Appalachians migrated to…

Click here to read more... Terrence Sykes : Poetry : August 2019

Terrence Sykes : Poetry : August 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: All you had to say was, “we don’t recommend you submit,” so I am submitting. Such is my legitimacy … Two Poems COOL JOHN FERGUSON He plays the requisite R&B, ballad, samba, smooth jazz, the pop tune all blued up then slowly ascends from the padded office…

Click here to read more... Barry Peters: Two Poems : Poetry : July 2019

Barry Peters: Two Poems : Poetry : July 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Paula Kaufman hails from the only state entirely in the Appalachian Mountains. She likes homemade jam, local honey, black licorice laces, her grandma’s meringues and other sweetness. 21st Century Asking the Stars Advice Pea tendrils don’t know where to land, but always rise up. And the morning…

Click here to read more... Paula Kaufman : 21st Century : Poetry : June 2019

Paula Kaufman : 21st Century : Poetry : June 2019