Nonfiction

Articles, essays, and opinions from & about the New South.

The Good Witch of the South

The Good Witch of the South

The Voodoo Queen of Southern Hearts Today is Halloween! Celebration commences this evening with folks of all ages and backgrounds dressing up as ghouls, ghosts, goblins, and the monsters under your childhood bed. Some folks festoon their porches and doorways with...
Southern Lit Presents: Saeed Jones

Southern Lit Presents: Saeed Jones

Poetry Wears an Evening Gown Poetry never needed the delicacies of gentle, metaphorical language often associated with its genre. One poem requires only the amount of words necessary to get the point across—a point often open-ended and left up to the reader’s...
Jesus’s Suicide

Jesus’s Suicide

The Body of Christ Self-Crucifixion In 1736, six months after he landed in Savannah, Georgia at the invitation of General Oglethorpe, the Reverend John Wesley, the English theologian, wrote in his journal, “I came to convert the Indians, but, oh, who will...
Always a Thrill

Always a Thrill

Evel Knievel, Jon Benet Ramsey, a caveman, and a nun get into a cab. The caveman rides shotgun. In the backseat, I sit in the middle dressed as the deceased beauty queen. My boyfriend, sporting Knievel’s star-spangled jumpsuit, sits to my right. The nun with a full...
Southern Lit Presents: Yusef Komunyakaa

Southern Lit Presents: Yusef Komunyakaa

Southern Self-Examination Yusef Komunyakaa has a voice that drifts like steam from the surface of hot coffee on an early morning. A purposeful, presidential cadence accompanies the soft, moistened edges of his timbre, drawing listeners to the importance of his words....
What We Southerners Call Grace

What We Southerners Call Grace

It was late, and I was drunk, which (by my estimation) is a good start to any story. New York was larger-than-life to a boy like me, a boy who grew up with the Carolina Lowcountry running through his veins. Only hours earlier, I had hunkered down on a bar stool,...