A Wandering Poet’s Cry

A Wandering Poet’s Cry

Book Review Athena Departs: Gospel of a Man Apart Clifford Brooks Kudzu Leaf Press 2017, 122 pp., $14 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...
Southern History Under Review

Southern History Under Review

Creating Necessary Conversation Through the Decatur Obelisk For as long as I can remember, Confederate memorials have dotted Southern public property. Cornerstones of my childhood in Georgia included watching the laser shows at Stone Mountain and hearing family...
Episodes in Love and Misdirection

Episodes in Love and Misdirection

Book Review The Going and Goodbye Shuly Xochitl Cawood Platypus Press 2017, 192 pp., $16 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...
Marble Tar-Babies

Marble Tar-Babies

Inheriting Civil War Stuff In Joel Chandler Harris’s “The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story,” the turpentine and tar stick figure stays still and silent throughout the two-page short story. Yet, it’s the Tar-Baby’s refrain from polite speech that draws the ire of Brer Rabbit...
The Old South’s Rug, the New South’s Blanket

The Old South’s Rug, the New South’s Blanket

Southern Gothic Copes with Southern Shame “The Civil War was fought over states’ rights, not slavery,” my fifth-grade teacher said with her back turned to the class and the same smarty-pants tone we used on the playground. On the way home from school, I told my mother...