Issue: Summer - 2017

Go on vacation with The Southern Review! Maria Kuznetsova’s characters read Chekhov on the beach in “The Yalta Conference,” while Edward McPherson’s nineteenth-century scientist packs his bags for an explosive West Texas adventure in “Sky-Stormers of the Llano Estacado.” Steven Kurutz’s college staycation in his Rust Belt hometown is made memorable by a compelling new neighbor, Headband, and Mairead Small Staid’s essay on the second person point of view explores the endless places “you” can go. Poet Miho Nonaka travels from her childhood to an unforgettable meal in France in her prose poems, while Alison Pelegrin stays closer to home in her poem about Louisiana’s August 2016 flooding, “Our Lady of the Flood.” The issue also includes new poems from Ed Falco, Chanda Feldman, and Brian Swann, among others. Elise Toups’s nature paintings celebrate the vivid colors of summer and portray the natural world in all its glory, capturing landscapes from Louisiana to the Pacific Northwest. 

Elise Toups

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Our Lady of the Flood (Poetry - page 339)
Elegy; Siberian; Star Field (Poetry - page 340)
Second Person (Nonfiction - page 344)
Another Ohio Road Trip (Poetry - page 352)
Revisionism (Poetry - page 358)
Sky-Stormers of the Llano Estacado (Fiction - page 359)
Poem with a Little Chapel Inside; She Fell in Love and Broke It (Poetry - page 374)
The Summer in Oklahoma (Poetry - page 378)
Palomino (Fiction - page 380)
In the Mirror; Demonstration (Poetry - page 386)
SS Nevertheless; Varieties of Internal Torment (Poetry - page 389)
The Yalta Conference (Fiction - page 391)
One Moment Touching All the Others; Reach (Poetry - page 410)
Rupture; Contained Things (Poetry - page 413)
Excruciation (Fiction - page 415)
Sun Salutations with Betrayal and Departure (Poetry - page 420)
“All Puffy and White, Goldish, Harpy, and Angelonic”; In Toledo, the Sequestered Brides of Christ (Poetry - page 422)
Headband Rock (Nonfiction - page 433)
An Unfinished Nude (Poetry - page 449)
Failed Experiment; Meant to Be (Poetry - page 450)
Floor Plans (Fiction - page 452)
Worn (Poetry - page 462)
Essay: On Love; Essay: On Language (Poetry - page 464)
The Air of the Present (Poetry - page 467)
Water Bugs: A Story of Absolution (Nonfiction - page 469)
Traffic Checkpoint (Poetry - page 476)
Joseph Banks, Botanist and Patron; Not Recorded: Dorlton and Richmond, Servants; Not Recorded: Girl (Poetry - page 478)
A Big True (Fiction - page 483)
Shadowing the Gravedigger (Poetry - page 504)
Note from My Mother (Poetry - page 506)
Poem ending with a murder/suicide (Poetry - page 508)