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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 #4

July 29, 2016 by


The Purge Will Be Televised. The Revolution Lost Its Corporate Sponsors. I wasn’t excited about watching The Purge. I figured it would be an extended home invasion movie played out as a joyride. To some degree it is, but it also isn’t. I enjoyed its connections to dystopian visions like “The Lottery” and The Hunger […]

The Terror Test: Test Prep #2

July 1, 2016 by


EVP Soundsystem In elementary school, I anticipated the monthly book orders more than anything but library or movie days. I didn’t have an allowance, but I was allowed to order books and I bought everything with sharks or comic strips. My interest in sharks gave way to ghosts and monsters, especially ones like Bigfoot and […]

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 […]

Little Billboards #51–60

March 28, 2014 by


Check out Little Billboards #51–60 here. New Little Billboards will be going up today. As always, thanks for reading and listening!

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 […]