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Interview: Ashley M. Jones

December 14, 2017 by

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The story is that Birmingham, Alabama, was growing so quickly that it earned the nickname “The Magic City.” I first heard the epithet while living in Mobile and listening to Sun Ra’s 1966 recording of the same name. John Szwed has written that the name of the record was a way for Sun Ra to […]

Interview: Emma Bolden

August 22, 2017 by

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It’s been a privilege to read Emma Bolden’s work for a decade now and a pleasure to be continually surprised by it. On the rare occasions someone asks me about poets they should read or poets from Alabama, she’s likely the first I mention. I love the frequently haunted personae of her poems, often women […]

The Terror Test: Test Prep #1

June 27, 2016 by

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Stalking Tall Test Prep is an extension of The Terror Test Podcast. This piece is part of the Phantasm and Phantasm II episode. In the summer of 1991, I lived with my grandparents in Michigan. I had moved to Alabama recently and made a few friends, but didn’t fit in1. I wore Eraserhead and Texas […]

Review: John the Revelator

April 18, 2014 by

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  John the Revelator T.J. Beitelman Black Lawrence Press When I picked up John the Revelator, the cover of the book reminded me of David Lynch’s art book  Images. I don’t know if T.J. Beitelman had Lynch in mind for his “bildungsroman of the contemporary South” (as Lucy Corin states on the back cover), but after […]

Interview: Adam Vines

February 14, 2014 by

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When I think about “nature poets,” I often unfairly stereotype the idea into two camps: the contemporary Cassandras and their warmings and warnings or the Hallmark Thoreaus, full of simple awe and wonder. That’s unfortunate; it’s just as hard to write new, meaningful nature poetry, as it is to write new, meaningful love poetry. The […]

Interview: Reed Randolph

October 27, 2013 by

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The first place I saw Reed Randolph’s work was on Instagram. Actually, I don’t know if I saw his own work or pictures of his weird, old toys first, but I do remember this eventually leading to a conversation about Bill “Chop Top” Moseley. What set Randolph’s work apart for me was that he obviously […]

Interview: TJ Beitelman

July 22, 2013 by

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Near the end of TJ Beitelman’s “Elegy in Seven Parts That Is Start-to-finish Love Story,” he gives the reader an image of ghostly sermons, one of which is “About how we hoist things up above our heads/ And can never hold them there.” For me, this is an essential image in Beitelman’s work in which […]