Issue: Spring - 2015

The Southern Review continues its yearlong anniversary celebration with a somber retrospective look on those who have come before. It opens with a long tribute section to the late poet Larry Levis (1946–1996), including poems by Philip Levine, David St. John, Peter Everwine, and Anna Journey, and closes with a reflection on the life and death of Samuel Beckett twenty-five years after his passing. A powerful conversation on death, salvation, and hope engages the reader throughout the pages in between, with work by John Casteen, Amanda Goldblatt, Charles McLeod, and Susan McCallum-Smith, among others. It is fitting that the issue is in honor of James Olney, a longtime editor of the journal who passed away in February 2015, and the Levis tribute is dedicated to Philip Levine, one of Levis’s closest friends, who also passed away during production. Major American painter Ed Ruscha contributes drawings from his 2006–7 Busted Glass series. 

Ed Ruscha

In this Issue:

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Notes on The Darkening Trapeze: Last Poems of Larry Levis (Nonfiction - page 173)
If He Came & Diminished Me & Mapped My Way; Col tempo; In Theory; Anonymous Source; Elegy for the Infinite Wrapped in Tinfoil (Poetry - page 176)
Your Turn; A Home Away (Poetry - page 188)
Vineyard; Where He Came Down; Lucky (Poetry - page 190)
Sonnet with Two Dreams Dancing; M—— (Poetry - page 196)
The Kiskiminetas River (Poetry - page 199)
Visiting Richmond after Several Years Away, I Discover a Restaurant Called L’Opossum (Poetry - page 201)
Elegy for a Nightstand in the Back of a U-Haul (Poetry - page 204)
Death of the Death of Youth (Poetry - page 207)
The Era of Good Feelings (Fiction - page 210)
Starting from Seed (Nonfiction - page 224)
God’s Plan for Dr. Gaynor and Hastings Chiume (Fiction - page 239)
A Mother Is a Vase Falling (Poetry - page 265)
The Interview (Poetry - page 266)
The Clarinet (Poetry - page 268)
The Outlier (Fiction - page 270)
The Weather Report (Fiction - page 286)
? ? ? (Poetry - page 295)
[The city was a graveyard with its lights]; [Those moments in one person’s life that parse:]; [Again, the heat lightning in its starry crown]; [Spring in the Piedmont: low fogbanks cap] (Poetry - page 296)
Driving to Work (Poetry - page 300)
Spell Me the Air (Fiction - page 302)
Brick by Brick (on the dismantling of Sandy Hook School) (Poetry - page 310)
What the Moon Says at Sunrise (Poetry - page 312)
Elevator Rides (Fiction - page 313)
Something to Be Said; A Few Quiet Days (Poetry - page 323)
Trinity (Poetry - page 325)
Samuel Beckett: Going On in Style (Nonfiction - page 326)