Issue 86, Fall 2014

Issue 86, Fall 2014


This issue features a new short story by Merritt Tierce, one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” authors, and poetry by Dorianne Laux and Fady Joudah, selected by new OA poetry editor Rebecca Gayle Howell. Besides excellent writing, the the issue includes more than twenty drawings and photographs, including Mississippi juke joint photography from longtime contributor Bill Steber; returning artists Mando AlvarezAllison V. SmithMark CohenMcNair Evans, and many others; and a stunning original illustration by Eleanor Davis. The cover image is Krista Steinke’s “Insects.”

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Points South

Benjamin Hedin revists Freedom Summer

Phil McCausland gets twenty seconds with B.B. King

A Place to Root, by Holly Haworth

John McElwee at the Blue Monday shad fry

Local Fare: My Civil War, by John T. Edge


Features

NO TWANG OF CONSCIENCE WHATEVER
by Patsy Sims 

FLOOD PROTECTION
by Anne Gisleson

SKY BURIAL
by Alex Mar

ONE CORNER OF YOKNAPATAWPHA
by James Seay

SOLITAIRE
a story by Merritt Tierce


Poetry

Two Poems:
Error's Refuge & Chair, by Dorianne Laux

Two Poems:
The Peach State & Bluebonnet, by Fady Joudah


Omnivore

GUITAR DRAG
by Greil Marcus 

LIVING ON THE HYPHEN
by Sarah Menkedick

Cooking with Chris:
CIA CAKE & JEFF DAVIS PIE
by 
Chris Offutt 


Art by Krista Steinke, Michael Pajon, JT Blatty, Mando Alvarez, Allison V. Smith, Bill Steber, Adam Mysock, Ana Kapodistria, Mark Cohen, Chris Fowler, Gary Cawood, Todd Hido, Ysabel LeMay, Ajay Malghan, Jim Goldberg, Kathleen Robbins, McNair Evans, Jo Ann Callis, Eleanor Davis, Greely Myatt, Rachel Bee Porter

 Cover: “Insects” (from the series Purgatory Road), 2012, by Krista Steinke