Browsing All posts tagged under »Alabama«

Interview: Ashley M. Jones

December 14, 2017 by


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


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


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


  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


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


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


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 […]