Let’s No One Get Hurt

Let’s No One Get Hurt

Book Review Let’s No One Get Hurt Jon Pineda Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 256 pp., $26 In Jon Pineda’s deeply satisfying, often startling second novel, Let’s No One Get Hurt, fifteen-year-old Pearl is a girl long on suffering yet short on self-pity. She...
Southern Lit Presents: Nikki Giovanni

Southern Lit Presents: Nikki Giovanni

An Old Adage’s Expiration Date: Giovanni’s Sweet Inspiration “If white defines Black and good defines evil then men Define women or women scientifically speaking describe Men. If sweet is the opposite of of sour and heat the Absence of cold then love is the...
Bringing Back the Magic

Bringing Back the Magic

Book Review Malak Jenny Sadre-Orafai Platypus Press, 80 pp., available on Kindle A Poetic Reminder of Our Agency Within Nature Depending on perception, a number of worlds exist from one person’s mind to another’s. The translation of nature onto paper, one of the...
A Wandering Poet’s Cry

A Wandering Poet’s Cry

Book Review Athena Departs: Gospel of a Man Apart Clifford Brooks Kudzu Leaf Press, 122 pp., $14.00 Good News for the Southern Man In 1970, Neil Young’s “Southern Man” challenged the white patriarchal power structure, whose dominance was founded on the enslavement of...
Episodes in Love and Misdirection

Episodes in Love and Misdirection

Book Review The Going and Goodbye Shuly Xochitl Cawood Platypus Press, 192 pp., $16.00   Exploring the Give-and-Take of Romance Finding nonfiction that accurately captures the feeling of events both big and small can prove a challenge; however, The Going and Goodbye...