Issue: Autumn - 2017

Temperatures are dropping—it’s time to curl up with the new issue of The Southern Review! The autumn 2017 issue features all manner of blustery weather, from the annual ritual of clearing fallen leaves in Bonnie Jo Campbell’s poem “The Same Old Story, with Leaf Blower,” to the icy Appalachian winter of Ron Rash’s story “The Baptism,” to the December jog described in John Casteen’s poem “Boxing Day.” In the issue you can visit the snowy mountains of northern Pakistan with Farah Ali’s guidebook-as-story, “Tourism,” and travel back to a WWII recruitment office in Evan Lavender-Smith’s tribute to his grandfather’s life story—and storytelling ability—in “The Itch and the Touch.” Along with new poems by David Kirby, Bob Hicok, and Taije Silverman, the issue also features the cut-paper collage paintings of New York-based artist Jesse McCloskey, whose sometimes-spooky images yet glow with possibility and warmth.

Jesse McCloskey

In this Issue:

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Glowworm’s Dinner (Poetry - page 511)
Bottomlands Departure; Responsibility (Poetry - page 512)
The Gray Horse (Fiction - page 517)
Photograph: North Carolina, 2005; Tonight in the Desert (Poetry - page 528)
Public Sale, 1943 (Poetry - page 531)
The Same Old Story, with Leaf Blower (Poetry - page 532)
The Itch and the Touch (Nonfiction - page 533)
Say uncle; Considering the options; A ritual (Poetry - page 556)
The Baptism (Fiction - page 561)
Field Lesson; The Unavoidable Pigeon (Poetry - page 569)
A Student Says Everything We Read Is Depressing (Poetry - page 571)
Ways to Say Luck; Who the Letters Were From (Poetry - page 572)
Something Else (Fiction - page 577)
Xmas Letter (Poetry - page 585)
Pine Tree with Fish Head (Poetry - page 586)
Composition 360 (Fiction - page 597)
Saint John the Baptist; The Conversion of Saul (Poetry - page 607)
Portrait: Last Night in London (Poetry - page 609)
VII [Piotr Polin was born in the seventies.]; XVI [After touring Kazimierz, Piotr said we should go to Nowa Huta,] (Poetry - page 610)
Mirror, Mirror (Nonfiction - page 612)
The Tether (Poetry - page 628)
Tourism (Fiction - page 634)
The Women’s March (Poetry - page 643)
Season of Feasts: Advent Calendar (Poetry - page 644)
Après nous le Déluge (Poetry - page 646)
Prayer (Poetry - page 647)
Praise Song for Bill Farrell (Fiction - page 648)
Boxing Day; Echt; Kingfisher (Poetry - page 662)
Road Trip (Poetry - page 665)
The Amish Buffet (Fiction - page 667)
How’d We Get This Far; All Art Is the Blues (Poetry - page 675)
Stag’s Reprieve (Poetry - page 679)