Magazine


Issue 57, Summer 2007

Best of the South Vol. II

“When did novelists, essayists, and poets come to the belief that everyone would be mesmerized, enchanted, and enthralled with having to look at their tortured selves staring blankly at the ceiling tiles?” — George Singleton, “The Daily Grind”

Odes by Ron Rash, Annie Wedekind, Jeff Baker, Brock Clarke, Bret Anthony Johnston, and more. Art by Henryk Fantazos. Fiction by Michael Gillis and Hannah Pittard. Poetry by Kevin Young and Jennifer Malesich.

Other contributors include David Gessner, George Singletom, Beth Ann Fennelly, Jack Pendarvis, and others.







 

Columns & Departments

 

Guest Editor's Box
ODE TO THE THEME ISSUE ISSUE ISSUE
by Jack Pendarvis

 

Gone Off Up North
HOT PIG! HOT POSSUM!
by Roy Blount, Jr.

 

Local Fare
MULLET HOLIDAY
by John T. Edge

 

Meditation
EATING MY HEART OUT
by Beth Ann Fennelly

 

Argument 
MANFOOD
by Andy Selsberg

 

Poetry
MEMOIR
by Jennifer Malesich

 

Essay
FANTASTIC VOYAGE
by Tom Chaffin

 

The Canon
AN AMERICAN CUSS: WILLIAM BRADFORD HUIE
by Devin McKinney

 

Writing on Writing
THE DREAMER DID NOT EXIST
by David Gessner

 

Writing on Writing
THE DAILY GRIND
by George Singleton

 

Writing on Writing
THE APPRENTICE
by S.L. Price

 

The Canon
PORTRAIT OF THE SPINSTER AS A YOUNG WOMAN
by William Caverlee

 

After the Storm
NOTES FROM CAMPUS
by Ada Liana Bidiuc

 

Argument
A STATE OF CONFUSION
by Jason Headley

 

Dealer's Choice
THE WORST OF THE SOUTH
by Hal Crowther

 

Southern Scenes
"CARROT WALK" 
by Chip Simons

 


 

Features

 

OA Gallery
THE FRESH EYE OF HENRYK FANTAZOS
with an introduction by Jack Gilbert

 

THE NIGHTCLUB THAT WAS
My experiences in a backwoods nightclub, where most customers wore blue jeans and overalls.
by Hardy Brown Nelems

 

A JUROR'S NOTES
Testifying in the stop-snitchin' era.
by Madison Smart Bell


Five Poems
ODE TO CHICKEN, I WALK THE LINE, ODE TO KITCHEN GREASE, SOMETHING BORROWED BLUES, and SEE THAT MY GRAVE IS KEPT CLEAN
by Kevin Young

 

IDIOT WIND
How my life came to fit in a phone booth.
a story by Michael Gills

 

RABIES DO NOT TALK OF LOVE
We are sisters. But we are not equals.
a story by Hannah Pittard

 


 

Second Annual Best of the South Odes

 

Best Poem Set in a Southern Junkyard
by Ron Rash

 

Gentle Soul
by Sonny Brewer

 

Old Haunt
by Annie Wedekind

 

Special Place
by Michael Powell

 

Giant Cowboy Boots
by Bret Anthony Johnston

 

Stoner
by Michael Parker

 

Sno-Balls
by Donn Cooper

 

Literary Sequel
by Brock Clarke

 

Beset Southern Playwright You Haven't Heard of Yet
by Dan Kois

 

Family History
by Sarah A. Strickley

 

Exploitation Director
by David Smay

 

Giant Toads
by Jason Ockert

 

Fast-Food Biscuit
by Jim Ruland

 

Catfish House
by Katherine Whitworth

 

Grandma's Snuff
by Farrell Evans

 

Endangered Appalachians
by Erik Reece

 

Founding Brother
by Jeff Baker

 

Yard Ornaments
by Brad Land

 


 Cover: “Teen Bunny Pea Pod” by Chip Simons