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. 

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