Spring 1996



Spring 1996

Table of Contents


Act of Faith

Community and Identity: Redefining Southern Culture

Imaginary Countries: Memory and the Problem of History

One More Last Chance: Ritual and the Jazz Funeral



Mojo Farmer


The Singing Trees of Byleah, Georgia

Third and Long


An Introduction

Azaleas (1774)

Desire Lines

E-mail from Tokyo

Harsh Poetry


Letter from Oxford, Mississippi

Love Song Ending with a Line by Horace

Nell & My Father’s Memory

Private Lessons

Rose of Sharon

Saint Augustine

Seminary Easter

The Greatest Show on Earth

Twilight Seduction

Whether or Not a Giraffe Lies Down to Sleep & So Were the Animals


“Something I’ve Never Seen Before”



Five New Southern Women Poets (on At Every Wedding Someone Stays Home by Dannye Romine Powell; Ceiling of the World by Alice Rose George; Dangerous Neighborhoods by Marnie Prange; Old & New Testaments by Lynn Powell; and A Garden in Kentucky by Jane Gentry)

on Being Elsewhere by John P. Sisk

on By Southern Playwrights: Plays from Actors Theatre of Louisville, edited by Michael Bigelow Dixon and Michele Volansky

on The Glass Hammer: A Southern Childhood by Andrew Hudgins

on The Language They Speak is Things to Eat: Poems by Fifteen Contemporary North Carolina Poets, edited by Michael McFee

on The Temple Bombing by Melissa Fay Greene

Voice-Over (on Alabama Bound: Contemporary Stories of a State, edited by James E. Colquitt; Nervous Dancer by Carol Lee Lorenzo; Beyond Telling by Jewel Mogan; Mississippi History by Steve Yarbrough; and Can You Get There from Here? by Donley Watt)