Issue: Autumn - 2013

An anonymous street corner in Grottaglie, Italy, transformed by the bold work of public-space artist MOMO, graces The Southern Review’s autumn 2013 cover. This exceptional artwork shares the latest issue with a special nonfiction feature, “The National Book Award 1963, Revisited,” in which TSR invited five leading authors—Ramona Ausubel, Chris Bachelder, Barb Johnson, Manuel Muñoz, and Marisa Silver—to reconsider the top books of 1962, and pick a new winner. 

Also showcased in this issue is new fiction from seven writers, including established voices Michael Knight, Jane Delury, Maggie Shipstead, Lori Ostlund, and Jerome Charyn, and new voices Caitlin Hayes and Marian Crotty. Knight’s story, “Water and Oil,” revisits the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, as seen from the perspective of a long-time resident of Mobile Bay, and Charyn’s “Marla” is a farcical romp through New York City.

Twenty-eight poets are featured in the pages of the autumn issue, including a ten-part poem by David Wojahn, “Body Politic: To Ezra Pound in Purgatory,” which explores the sometimes-sinister legacy of the famous writer. Kelly Cherry travels through the reaches of the galaxy, while Alan Feldman writes touchingly about the end of life and bad singing both. The issue features a trio of poems by new contributor Margaree Little, who was recently awarded the 2013 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. Also included are new works by Alice Friman, Bobby C. Rogers, Michael C. Peterson, and New Orleans-based writer Peter Cooley. 
An eight-page gallery is devoted to the artist, MOMO (a pseudonym), who has painted abstract outdoor murals around the globe. Recent compositions from the streets of Miami, Portugal, and Belgium are featured in the issue. “I’ve always felt inclined to see art mix with the real world, to be tested by the general public and unpredictable outdoor conditions,” the artist explains. The photographs of his bright, geometric compositions, which often cover entire a building’s entire facade, are a testament to the success of his large-scale experiments with color and form. 

The autumn issue is now available for purchase online at There you can also explore a digital gallery of MOMO’s artwork, audio recordings of writers reading their pieces from the latest issue, and an archive of past issues. The Southern Review is also available in bookstores.

From the campus of Louisiana State University, The Southern Review publishes distinct literary voices from around the world that both evoke the innovation of its founders, Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks, and respond to the diversity of its contemporary readership. The journal, now approaching its 80th anniversary, has also featured a broad range of visual artists from across the South and around the globe. With each new issue The Southern Review strives to discover and promote engaging, relevant, and challenging literature—including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—and to feature a wide range of the very best established writers alongside rising literary stars. 


In this Issue:

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I Will Not Talk in Class (Poetry - page 523)
Adrienne Rich; Transfixed (Poetry - page 524)
Water and Oil (Fiction - page 527)
The Subjunctive; The Field; February (Poetry - page 543)
The Harbor (Poetry - page 546)
The Living Room Store (Fiction - page 548)
The Creation (Poetry - page 557)
Twelve Jesus Night-Lights (Poetry - page 558)
Indignities (Poetry - page 560)
Marla (Fiction - page 562)
First Practice (Poetry - page 575)
In Koine Greek (Poetry - page 576)
To the Stars through Difficulties (Poetry - page 578)
The Gap Year (Fiction - page 580)
Prism (Poetry - page 601)
The Would-Be Whale Eater (page - 602)
Body Politic: To Ezra Pound in Purgatory (Poetry - page 604)
This Universal Contraption; Indigo Bunting (Poetry - page 623)
Three Poems (Poetry - page 625)
A Visit (Poetry - page 626)
Vainglory (Fiction - page 628)
KO; Gabriel’s Poems (Poetry - page 644)
Lapis Lazuli (Poetry - page 647)
Room for Rent (Poetry - page 648)
[The man said starless]; [It happened] (Poetry - page 650)
Browsers’ Prize: An Introduction to the National Book Award 1963, Revisited (Nonfiction - page 652)
John Updike Writes Like a Girl (Nonfiction - page 656)
The Last Word: On Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (Nonfiction - page 661)
Is It Real? On Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Nonfiction - page 665)
A Veritable Angel of Mercy: The Problem of Nurse Ratched in Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Nonfiction - page 668)
Consider the Marshmallow: Cassandra at the Wedding and the Boyle’s Law Novel (Nonfiction - page 672)
According to Ibid (Poetry - page 677)
Receiver; Saint Sebastian (Poetry - page 678)
Anno Domini 2004; My Sister Tells Me Her Prayer about the World of Men (Poetry - page 680)
A Real Marriage (Fiction - page 682)
October 30, 1938 (Poetry - page 692)
Ars Poetica (Poetry - page 694)
Wildflowers; November Trees; Endgame in August (Poetry - page 696)
Boars (Poetry - page 701)
Fish and Game (Poetry - page 704)
Lunch at the Brew Moon; The Bad Singers of San Miguel de Allende; The Afterlife (Poetry - page 705)