Calling Bullshit on Toxic Masculinity

Calling Bullshit on Toxic Masculinity

Book Review One Good Mama Bone Bren McClain University of South Carolina Press, 280 pp., $19.99   McClain’s Critique on Southern Gender Roles The term “toxic masculinity” often gets thrown around on social media as a way of defining the standards to which American...
Mother Nature’s Southern Savages

Mother Nature’s Southern Savages

The Seduction and Destruction of Hurricanes “Don’t be afraid. It’s all gonna be alright.” My mother’s voice shook despite her best efforts to comfort me as gale-force winds rocked our house’s foundations. Oaks and pines—some over one hundred years old—crashed to the...
Guilt and the Grave

Guilt and the Grave

Book Review Gradle Bird J.C Sasser Koehler Books, 2017 “What better theater for grand, cathartic gestures of national atonement than the South, where guilt is as indigenous as Scarlett O’Hara and pecan pie?” Diane McWhorter implores in her New York Times...
“Nevermore” & “The Bar Is a Church”

“Nevermore” & “The Bar Is a Church”

Nevermore (on Autumn) The deep, forested scent Of Autumn with her rich eyes – Pits of red dirt freshly dampened By an evening rain – Fills the room like the dancing smoke Of incense whisping in a rain-touched breeze Quiet like mist Transforming to frost...
Blackout Poetix

Blackout Poetix

I discovered “blackout poetry” by accident when I was sifting through quirky ideas on Pinterest. Using the pages from books, one simply forms a meaningful sentence or cluster of words by highlighting those words and blacking out the rest in pen or marker. It is a form...