Paintings by New Orleans artist Regina Scully grace The Southern Review’s autumn 2012 issue, now available for purchase online at http://www.lsu.edu/tsr/ and in bookstores.
The autumn issue features new work by twenty-one poets, including Floyd Skloot, Beth Bachmann, Julia B. Levine, and David Hernandez, whose stunning lyrical portrait of America, “All-American,” opens with these words: “I’m this tiny, this statuesque, and everywhere / in between, and everywhere in between / bony and overweight, my shadow cannot hold / one shape in Omaha, in Tuscaloosa, in Aberdeen.”
Fiction includes a novel excerpt from Kirstin Allio about a brother and sister growing up on a commune run by an enigmatic guru; Tamas Dobozy’s story of a son of Hungarian expats who uncovers a terrible secret that threatens to tear apart his community; a four-part story by Jamie Quatro about an illicit love affair; and new work from emerging writers Reese Okyong Kwon and Chinelo Okparanta.
Nonfiction by Albert Goldbarth, Jay Rogoff, and Priscilla Long completes the issue. Goldbarth explores the thirty-two-thousand-year-old cave paintings at Chauvet Cave in southern France through the lens of personal history; Rogoff examines the relationship between poetry and song; and Long traces the historical events of the turbulent year 1968, during which she worked for a major political publisher in Boston.
Regina Scully’s fragmentary landscapes of city life show a world where “both death and romance occur on the same corner.” Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Scully received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and lived in New York City before moving to New Orleans in 2003.
TSR Autumn 2012 poets David Hernandez, Donald Platt, Shane Seely, Jill Osier, Rick Bursky, and Ange Mlinko read their poems in this installment of the TSR audio gallery.