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Another South

Experimental Writing in the South

Edited by Bill Lavender, with introduction by Hank Lazer, with contributions fro

Publication Year: 2003

Another South is an anthology of poetry from contemporary southern writers who are working in forms that are radical, innovative, and visionary. Highly experimental and challenging in nature, the poetry in this volume, with its syntactical disjunctions, formal revolutions, and typographic playfulness, represents the direction of a new breed of southern writing that is at once universal in its appeal and regional in its flavor.

Focusing on poets currently residing in the South, the anthology includes both emerging and established voices in the national and international literary world. From the invocations of Andy Young's "Vodou Headwashing Ceremony" to the blues-informed poems of Lorenzo Thomas and Honorée Jeffers, from the different voicings of )ohn Lowther and Kalamu ya Salaam to the visual, multi-genre art of Jake Berry, David Thomas Roberts, and Bob Grumman, the poetry in Another South is rich in variety and enthusiastic in its explorations of new ways to embody place and time. These writers have made the South lush with a poetic avant-garde all its own, not only redefining southern identity and voice but also offering new models of what is possible universally through the medium of poetry.

Hank Lazer's introductory essay about "Kudzu textuality" contextualizes the work by these contemporary innovators. Like the uncontrollable runaway vine that entwines the southern landscape, their poems are hyperfertile, stretching their roots and shoots relentlessly, at once destructive and regenerative. In making a radical departure from nostalgic southern literary voices, these poems of polyvocal abundance are closer in spirit to "speaking in tongues" or apocalyptic southern folk art—primitive, astonishing, and mystic.

Published by: The University of Alabama Press

Front Matter

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Contents

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pp. v-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

Some of the poets and poems collected in this anthology also appeared in New Orleans Review,The Other South: Experimental Writing in the South 21, no. 2 (Summer 1995), and New Orleans Review, An Other South: Experimental Writing in the South, Part II 25, nos. 1 and 2 (Spring 1999). Special thanks to...

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Editor’s Introduction

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pp. xi-xiv

This anthology is a collection of experimental poets in the South. It is not intended to represent a new “Southern Lit.” It has not been my goal to define a new genre, style, or movement, and I make no claim for any sort of dominance by any of the styles and genres included. I only want to claim that the work represented here...

Poetry Scouting Mission: At the Intersection of Southern and Experimental, by Hank Lazer

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pp. xv-

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Ralph Adamo

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pp. 1-6

New Orleans, Roches Moutonnees, from The Bicameralization

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Sandy Baldwin

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pp. 7-11

[basic system code], Heralds of the hurricane.), Artificial Terra-cotta Skin Mutagen Mask of Humbaba/Humwawa

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Jake Berry

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pp. 12-18

from Brambu Drezi, Book III

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Holley Blackwell

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pp. 19-22

New Poem, Message No. 32, Law of Trichotomy, (August 2000), Another, Message No. 44, Message No. 57, SEEing yu, Message No. 69

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Dave Brinks

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pp. 23-27

The Secret Brain, The Halo Factory, Proscenium Moon, Please the Carrots, The Story Pillow, Any Blue Movie, The Tao Sequence

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Joel Dailey

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pp. 28-34

Poetry fro Dummies, Ride the High Country, Dear Bubble, Call Me ‘Shortchange’, Thong, Rio, Right Away, S’what Up

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Brett Evans

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pp. 35-43

K-Doe Codas

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Skip Fox

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pp. 44-53

The Most Notoriously Absent North American Bird in Her Face, In Referring to What Does Not Exist, sic transit gloria mundi, sic transit, Sic Transit, Economics of Metonymy: sic transit 48 sic transit, Economics of Metonymy, I cannot observe myself unobserved., another, sic transit

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Jessica Freeman

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pp. 54-59

Bayou Arabic Argot, Slate Roof Blues, Garden District Soubrette, Mourning dove ragpicks bargemen, November 1st, Part Evil, Customer #!, Houseboat Ferry, Ewe’s Candy Canes Red Sea Outerbank, Up Tchoupitoulas Nom de Guerre

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Bob Grumman

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pp. 60-69

Cryptographiku No. 1, Cryptographiku for Wallace Stevens, Cryptographiku for Jim L5ftwich, Mathemaku No. 16, Mathemaku No. 17, Mathemaku for Beethoven, Reality, Summer Rain,

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Ken Harris

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pp. 70-75

A in I as was Blackening Read (Mandala), A Bough Well Bounds The Vowel Bounds Well, Vigil, The Fire After Fire, Poem In Progress, The Old Poetess Makes a Child, Directions to the Maze, Call and Response,

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Honor

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pp. 76-81

Eatonton Tableaux, You Don’t Know What Love Is, Five Note Range of Sorrow, Ezekiel Saw de Wheel, i am your courtier, Ellen Craft, Eyes of Soon Children

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Marla Jernigan

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pp. 82-86

A Palm at the Entrance to the Arm, 0Glorious, Kind of Ransom, Past Qualm of Hours, Put together how it will, This is Still Life, Who are you

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Joy Lahey

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pp. 87-93

White Soil, Cattails Along Red River, Cotton and Gladiolas, Habitat Photo, Buckles, U-turn, .22

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Bill Lavender

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pp. 94-98

A Note to Skip on Max and Maxine, from pentacl

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Hank Lazer

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pp. 99-110

from Days, from The New Spirit

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Jim Leftwich

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pp. 111-118

Eleusis

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)ohn Lowther

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pp. 119-128

ASLEEPING

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Dana Lisa Lustig

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pp. 129-132

big guns go boom! (for Mark Prejsnar), plane song, barefoot/extinguish at will, “and I am lonely and small in all this, goodnight”

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Camille Martin

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pp. 133-140

untitled], to abcs and from rimbaud, from no truck, solf

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Jerry McGuire

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pp. 141-148

Not A Ton Notation, The Cages, Feeling Rosemary, Plate Pieces, Gongula

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Thomas Meyer

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pp. 149-155

The Merchant’s Daughter, Dancing There, Uranium Ore

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A. di Michele

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pp. 156-165

About the Extinction Of, Solstice / Surgery (12-21,22-99), Unica Zurn’s Loam Bowl, Archipelago (Interra Diocesan)

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Mark Prejsnar

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pp. 166-173

Composition with Wire, Ode to Toge, assuage bane, Government and Binding, abusive! that’s the word!

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Randy Prunty

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pp. 174-182

Trigger D’evolution

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Alex Rawls

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pp. 183-190

“H. S. Mauberley (Life and Contacts)” Part I by Ezra Pound, “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman, “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” by William Blake, from What’s Your Sign?, “Romance Somnambulo” by Garcia Lorca

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David Thomas Roberts

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pp. 191-194

Toward Mena, Tiff Belt Parley, Rodeo, Little Pilot Knob, I Mandate Ridges Raving

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Kalamu ya Salaam

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pp. 195-203

SOUND is ProFound Sense, THE MOMENT OF THE FIRST DAY

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James Sanders

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pp. 204-213

Poem with Referees, From the Mark Prejsnar Playbook

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Christy Sheffield Sanford

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pp. 214-225

Rachel’s Recovery (Fucking with the Angels).

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Lorenzo Thomas

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pp. 226-233

An Even-Tempered Girl Holds Her Breath, Dangerous Doubts, Blues Variations, Foolish Treasures, Back in the Day, Flash Point, Magnetic Charms

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Stephanie Williams

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pp. 234-241

Peerage, A Drunkard Promise, Of Riches, Duchess of Dogs, coarse rigors, Hope Chest, A Maid of Need

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Andy Young

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pp. 242-249

In Anguish, the Heart Finally Prays:, Foxfire, Ghost of Me, Vodou Headwashing Ceremony

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Seth Young

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pp. 250-260

from river we are caried by

Contributors

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pp. 261-277


E-ISBN-13: 9780817382896
Print-ISBN-13: 9780817312411

Publication Year: 2003

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Subject Headings

  • Experimental poetry, American -- Southern States.
  • American poetry -- Southern States.
  • Southern States -- Poetry.
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