By Bill Lavender,Hank Lazer,Lorenzo Thomas,Ralph Adamo,Sandy Baldwin,Daniel Aaron,Holley Blackwell,Joel Dailey,Brett Evans,Jessica Freeman,Skip Fox,Bob Grumman,Ken Harris,Honoree Fanonne Jeffers,Joy Lahey,Jake Berry,John Lowther,Dana Lisa Lustig,Camille Mart
Focusing on poets at present living within the South, the anthology contains either rising and confirmed 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 different 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 sort and enthusiastic in its explorations of recent how one can include position and time. those writers have made the South lush with a poetic avant-garde all its personal, not just redefining southern identification and voice but in addition providing new versions of what's attainable universally during the medium of poetry.
Hank Lazer's introductory essay approximately "Kudzu textuality" contextualizes the paintings via those modern innovators. just like the uncontrollable runaway vine that entwines the southern panorama, their poems are hyperfertile, stretching their roots and shoots relentlessly, instantaneously harmful 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, fantastic, and mystic.
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