Archives for August 2013

Celia Bland

Celia Bland hails from North Carolina and teaches at Bard College.  Her reviews have recently appeared in Poetry International, The Boston Review, and Drunken Boat, and her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in The Narrative Review (where her poem “Wasps” was named one of the year’s best), Word/ForWord, and Witness and will soon appear in The Virginia Quarterly Review. Madonna Comix, her collaboration […]

“The Guest House,” by Erika Marks

Reviewed by Donna Meredith One of the biggest pleasures in reading The Guest House by Erika Marks is watching the missteps in communication among three generations of characters. Readers are treated to at least half a dozen viewpoints as the tale unfolds. The various viewpoints and introduction of many characters make the first chapters of […]

“Remembering Medgar Evers,” by Minrose Gwin

Reviewed by Chris Timmons Medgar Evers should be of interest to anyone who has examined the racial history of the United States, and of the South. It’s too bad he is now near-forgotten. Undoubtedly, general American forgetfulness has much to do with it; as far as history goes, Americans do not have much memory. Nor […]

August Read of the Month: “Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers,” by Frank X Walker

Reviewed by William Aarnes One of the shortcomings of the recently published Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry is its failure to include poems by Frank X Walker.  Perhaps the reason that a sampling of Walker’s poems does not appear is the kind of poems he writes.  The editor of the […]

Southern Literary Review Honors Medgar Evers

This month, Southern Literary Review honors Medgar Evers, the African-American Civil Rights leader from Mississippi who was murdered in 1963.  Our Read of the Month, reviewed by William Aarnes of Furman University, is Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers (University of Georgia Press, 2013), a collection of poems by Frank X. Walker.  That review will be followed […]

Chris Timmons

Chris Timmons is a freelance newspaper writer who lives in Tallahassee, Florida. He has written for newspapers such as the Tallahassee Democrat, Orlando Sentinel, and others. He has no formal higher education.