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By Bill Lavender

Another South is an anthology of poetry from modern southern writers who're operating in kinds which are radical, leading edge, and visionary. hugely experimental and demanding in nature, the poetry during this quantity, with its syntactical disjunctions, formal revolutions, and typographic playfulness, represents the course of a brand new breed of southern writing that's immediately common in its charm and neighborhood in its flavor.
 
Focusing on poets at present living within the South, the anthology contains either rising and proven 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 the various voicings of )ohn Lowther and Kalamu ya Salaam to the visible, multi-genre artwork of Jake Berry, David Thomas Roberts, and Bob Grumman, the poetry in Another South is wealthy in kind 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 id and voice but in addition providing new versions of what's attainable universally throughout the medium of poetry.
 
Hank Lazer's introductory essay approximately "Kudzu textuality" contextualizes the paintings by means of those modern innovators. just like the uncontrollable runaway vine that entwines the southern panorama, their poems are hyperfertile, stretching their roots and shoots relentlessly, straight away damaging 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, impressive, and mystic.

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A latecomer and the intersection. everywhere along its path is the cross of one to one, the mid-point, at all stops is the intersection. kneel here and be envied - people come tumbling out of their wheelchairs. loci in the junk xylophone, the cross of metal and wood, the intersection for a sound. there, a thousand-fold resolution, people smoldering over German fires. red and black cross. the lunge of peasants or prisoners into new acts. the poor no longer plotting. a bell in the sky. this is no pen to write eyes in the mud, pushed there by strangers.

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