Another South: Experimental Writing in the South by Bill Lavender

By Bill Lavender

Another South is an anthology of poetry from modern southern writers who're operating in types which are radical, leading edge, and visionary. hugely experimental and not easy in nature, the poetry during this quantity, with its syntactical disjunctions, formal revolutions, and typographic playfulness, represents the course of a brand new breed of southern writing that's instantaneously common in its allure and neighborhood in its flavor.
Focusing on poets presently living within the South, the anthology contains either rising and verified voices within the nationwide and foreign literary international. From the invocations of Andy Young's "Vodou Headwashing rite" to the blues-informed poems of Lorenzo Thomas and Honorée Jeffers, from the various voicings of )ohn Lowther and Kalamu ya Salaam to the visible, multi-genre paintings of Jake Berry, David Thomas Roberts, and Bob Grumman, the poetry in Another South is wealthy in style and enthusiastic in its explorations of latest how you can embrace position and time. those writers have made the South lush with a poetic avant-garde all its personal, not just redefining southern id and voice but additionally providing new types of what's attainable universally during the medium of poetry.
Hank Lazer's introductory essay approximately "Kudzu textuality" contextualizes the paintings by means of those modern innovators. just like the uncontrollable runaway vine that entwines the southern panorama, their poems are hyperfertile, stretching their roots and shoots relentlessly, right now damaging and regenerative. In creating a radical departure from nostalgic southern literary voices, those poems of polyvocal abundance are nearer in spirit to "speaking in tongues" or apocalyptic southern people art—primitive, extraordinary, and mystic.

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I listen to your mind, the eschatology of its dance most quotable, remembered as the translation remembers the first questions, fires in the dark along a riverbluff, the comet’s taile, a weight of light scratching the black air. Untranslatable you! In what language could I do better? How call you forth from the stone you crave that none carved? Nothing of you can be said, much less written. Outside of you I sound the few strings my fingers can reach, as though I knew the song, silence on the point of you not in me.

Dave Brinks The Secret Brain all day you walk with a nap spine the world palm your forehead down and every ripple streets a metropolis like blood dark in its green bottle like earth giving birth to cauldron populations the way a giraffe leans into your dream & laughs like a gazelle flying wet headaches of fire out from the trees this is precision not process the moment when the stars themselves finally give out and all their angels & auras flicker like the end of your lost cigarette then there will be no real choice only a sudden loss of light and your secret brain You are reading copyrighted material published by the University of Alabama Press.

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