Gathers the best work of flourishing but often-neglected avant-garde southern poets
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 John 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.
Contents Acknowledgments Editor’s Introduction Poetry Scouting Mission: At the Intersection of Southern and Experimental, by Hank Lazer Roches Moutonnees from The Bicameralization [basic system code] Heralds of the hurricane.) Artificial Terra-cotta Skin Mutagen Mask of Humbaba/Humwawa from Brambu Drezi, Book III Message No. 32 Another SEEing yu Message No. 69 The Secret Brain Proscenium Moon Please the Carrots Any Blue Movie The Tao Sequence Ride the High Country Call Me ‘Shortchange’ Thong Rio Right Away S’what Up K-Doe Codas In Referring to What Does Not Exist sic transit gloria mundi sic transit Sic Transit Economics of Metonymy: sic transit sic transit Economics of Metonymy another sic transit Slate Roof Blues Garden District Soubrette November 1st Customer #! Houseboat Ferry Up Tchoupitoulas Nom de Guerre Cryptographiku for Jim L5ftwich Mathemaku No. 17 Mathemaku for Beethoven Reality Summer Rain A in I as was Blackening Read (Mandala) Vigil The Fire After Fire Poem In Progress The Old Poetess Makes a Child Call and Response Eatonton Tableaux You Don’t Know What Love Is Five Note Range of Sorrow Ezekiel Saw de Wheel Ellen Craft Eyes of Soon Children Glorious Kind of Ransom Past Qualm of Hours Put together how it will Who are you White Soil Cattails Along Red River Cotton and Gladiolas Habitat Photo Buckles U-turn .22 A Note to Skip on Max and Maxine from pentacl from Days from The New Spirit Eleusis ASLEEPING plane song barefoot/extinguish at will “and I am lonely and small in all this, goodnight” [untitled] to abcs and from rimbaud from no truck solfège parasite Not A Ton Notation The Cages Feeling Rosemary Plate Pieces Gongula The Merchant’s Daughter Dancing There Uranium Ore About the Extinction Of Solstice / Surgery (12-21,22-99) Unica Zurn’s Loam Bowl Archipelago (Interra Diocesan) Composition with Wire Ode to Toge assuage bane Government and Binding abusive! that’s the word! Trigger D’evolution “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 Tiff Belt Parley Rodeo Little Pilot Knob I Mandate Ridges Raving SOUND is ProFound Sense THE MOMENT OF THE FIRST DAY Poem with Referees From the Mark Prejsnar Playbook Rachel’s Recovery (Fucking with the Angels). An Even-Tempered Girl Holds Her Breath Dangerous Doubts Blues Variations Back in the Day Magnetic Charms Peerage A Drunkard Promise Of Riches Duchess of Dogs coarse rigors Hope Chest A Maid of Need In Anguish, the Heart Finally Prays: Foxfire Ghost of Me Vodou Headwashing Ceremony from river we are caried by Contributors | Poetics
Bill Lavender is Coordinator of the Low Residency MFA Program at the University of New Orleans, proprietor of Lavender Ink press, and author of Guest Chain and Look, the Universe is Dreaming.
Hank Lazer is professor of English at The University of Alabama and author of Days, Covid19 Sutras, Lyric & Spirit, and 3 of 10.
“An upstart collection and it's high time.” —C. D. Wright, author of Deep Step Come Shining
“The poets I find interesting in Another South remain accessible enough that I can enjoy spending a little time with them. . . . I do hope Another South will open the doors to more innovative, yet lucid poetry.” —Oyster Boy Review