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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Born in NC, raised in NC, livin’ in NC. Reckon I’ll die here. Daddy’s from down east, Momma’s from Georgia, and I live and die by slow cooked pork and greasy collard greens. Throw in some hush puppies, too. I love me some Faulkner, Wendell Berry- and…

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Charles Hassell : Poetry!

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SOUTHERN LEGITIMACY STATEMENT- Been living in North Carolina regular-like some forty years now, and was in-and-outta ‘here all my life before that. I have always thought of myself as a citizen of the world, however I notice that I say “ain’t” a lot, as well as “ya’ll” a good bit….

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Ray Whitaker : Poetry!

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SOUTHERN LEGITIMACY: I was born in Savannah and lived all my life in Georgia until I graduated from the University of Georgia. My mother was born in Paducah, Kentucky, and her mother in a village in west Tennessee too small to have a name. Her father, Orlando Payne, owned slaves,…

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Alexander Payne Morgan : Poetry!

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Born in Florida, I received my first round of higher education at the last state supported nunnery: Mississippi University for Women, where I majored in music, theater and religion: like all professional spinsters, I can sing, read, pray and starve. I was raised on sweet iced tea…

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Allison Chestnut : Poetry!

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was conceived on a houseboat on the Ashley River in Charleston, South Carolina and was born in Monroe, North Carolina first year of the Baby Boomers. I got my undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. My kin, Irish immigrants to North…

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Norvin Dickerson: Poetry!

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I love magnolia trees and the scent of pine. My favorite aunt is name is Nellie Bee. I made mud pies in red dirt. I was born in Grove Hill and it holds priceless memories. I am a female named Jimmie. I’ve lived in Alabama, Chicago, Anchorage and…

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Jimmie Ware: Poetry!

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I went through the Marine Corps boot camp at Paris Island, South Carolina in 1969. I married a Texan from Brownsville, and you cannot get much further south than that. We had a hound named “Dog,” and a dog, named “Cow.” I am a published poet, thanks to…

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May Jordan : Poetry!

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NIGHT TRAIN TO BENARES when the oily skinned boy offers me some nuts from the bowl he covers with his headband I have to take them like it or not he is thankful but can’t say so in English I stopped the man with a tractor tire from getting on…

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Robert Klein Engler : Poetry!

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Southern Legitimacy Statement : Not a dead mule, but is a dead mule deer close enough? Shapes of Dust Through breaks in the billowing dirt road dust, a shape ahead appears a fallen girl, knees bent, arm outstretched, head turned aside, hit by a truck or tossed from a pickup bed….

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Carol Poster : Poetry!

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Southern Legitimacy Statement:  I am, as always, a born in New Orleans, raised in South Texas woman. Currently living in Boston. Southern Comfort is a Dangerous Thing “It is a sad time for the heart.” – Gary Soto Southern Comfort is a dangerous thing, in every sense of the word. Tastes…

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Eve Lyons: A Poem

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My Southern Statement  I was born in South Carolina where I loved to snack on barbecue sandwiches with cold slaw on top and fried green tomatoes. My great grandfather fought in the War Between the States (if I said Civil War my father corrected me). He had a mule. That…

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Pris Campbell: A Prose Poem Memoir

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My legitimacy statement says, “I have appeared in your magazine, have read and vacationed in NC, and once worked in Tennessee.” Cold Night’s Dark Advances And always it is this Gift-giver, this woman from midnight’s the other side, this darkness that is not taken from. And she comes in pieces,…

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Tom Sheehan: A Poem

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: First off, my name is Pepper. Nuff said. Secondly, I’m from Mississippi. But to continue… in the summers I would visit my Mamaw who made “sun tea” by putting a jar with filled with water, tea bags, and sugar on her roof for about a week. Mamaw, my…

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Pepper Smith: Other People’s Brights

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I swear on a stack of Bibles I’m from the south. To be specific, I’m a Tarheel born and a Tarheel bred and when I die I’ll be a Tarheel dead. I can still twirl my baton from high school. Staples in our house were yeast rolls,…

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Barbara Conrad: Fish Camp, Indian River 1956

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: So. My husband once bought four hams from a man in Kentucky who can no longer enter his hams in the State Fair because no one else can win. Husband sold one ham to a psychiatrist friend, who gave it to Wendell Berry. There is no point…

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Brenda Butka: April, Taylor Hollow

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  My Official Highfalutin’ Southern Legitimacy Statement  I was born on the same day that George Armstrong Custer died, though “Autie”, as he called his adopted self, and I never exchanged letters. But that don’t make me a soldier or a Southerner. The first ever color broadcast of commercial television…

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Richard Weaver : Mule Toe

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Although I was born in Cincinnati, the South has been home since 1961. I’d be 100 years old this April and this poem is published in the spirit of my work left behind for my daughter to find. Choose Your Songs with Care In 1929, when Grandmother…

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Ruth Heinold: Choose Your Songs With Care

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SLS- my grand father was a miner, then a railroad man before he left that life to live in Erie Pa and chase my grand mother. My wife grandmother lived in West Virginia where her father was shot dead on a street car for trying to organize a union among…

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Matthew Borczon: Three Poems

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Mr. Martin needs no detailed Southern Legitimacy Statement, he has graced our website before today but I do want to include this: “I am a Southerner by birth and tradition. I was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1933. I send these pieces to you for your considerations. I thank you in advance for…

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Herbert Woodward Martin: Poems

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SLS I was born, like everyone else, in a particular place.  Alabama:  not just a Southern state, but The Heart of Dixie, where vowels are long and round.  I spent my early years in the woods (without a gun) searching for answers to how the universe works to explain to myself how I could survive it….

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Katherine D. Perry: Poetry

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and raised in the South Carolina Low Country in a swamp so think that airplanes had to shift into low gear to fly over it. I retrieved the bones of Quentin Compson from the Charles River and made a rocking chair from them. I…

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Ron Cooper: Understanding Poetry

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Southern Legitimacy Statement:  I’d like to tell you about the poorly shrouded frost-burnt parrot carcass stashed in a friend’s grandmother’s freezer, but it’s not my story to share. I do tell on my housemates’ haints all the time, though, because somebody’s gotta thumb-wrestle all them tales into line; not having…

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Greta Cabrel: Four Poems

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My Southern Legitimacy Statement: Born at James Walker Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, NC to a Southern father and a ex-pat mother (Pennsylvania Dutch from Tulpehocken Township). Grew up at Carolina Beach, where except for Sundays we went barefoot or in flip-flops nine months of the year – except, of course,…

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Rebecca Baggett: Poem

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My southern roots are sown in the coastal island of St. John’s, just off of the beautiful peninsula known as Charleston, South Carolina. Though born in Harlem, New York – Charleston is the birthplace of both my parents. My summers spent there under the tutelage of my…

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Calvin Heyward: “I Captured the World in Mason Jars while drinking from Scooby Doo Jelly Jars …”