Don’t Leave Hungry
Fifty Years of Southern Poetry Review
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: University of Arkansas Press
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To be honest, I had never heard of Southern Poetry Review before I submitted some of my poems to them in the 1970s. Such a confession says nothing about the reputation of the journal but rather speaks of my ignorance of the literary marketplace at the time, as well as my then-shameless...
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Literary journals often keep the imprint of their founders all their lives, especially if those lives are short, as they tend to be, although Southern Poetry Review proves an exception there—fifty years old, and counting. When Guy Owen published SPR’s fifteenth-anniversary anthology with...
1. The Late 1950s and the 1960s
From the late 1950s through the 1960s, Guy Owen shaped his journal’s identity, and so it is fitting how often poems about identity and boundaries show up in its pages during these years (see Ammons’s “Periphery” and Brosman’s “A Question of Identity” in this section). ...
3. The 1980s
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Robert Grey edited Southern Poetry Review from the Fall issue of 1978 until the Fall issue of 1990. Although Owen had maintained a core of staff members over the years, many people served shorter stints along the way. With fewer comings and goings, Grey’s smaller main staff held in place for twelve years. ...
4. The 1990s
Prozac, 1987. In 1993, the seminal book Listening to Prozac by Peter Kramer, a practicing psychiatrist, questioned the ethics of altering personality through this new type of drug, which he acknowledged as effective and transformative. In the 1990s millions of Americans took some form of antidepressant. ...
5. The 2000s
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In 2002, Southern Poetry Review made a move as significant as Guy Owen’s relocation of the journal from Florida to North Carolina in 1964. After Robert Parham accepted the position of editor, SPR came to Savannah, Georgia, from Charlotte, North Carolina, and as discussed in the introduction...
On the First Day of Middle School, My Daughter Walks into a Cloud
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Publication Year: 2009