An introduction to the Music Issue’s Icons Section Beyond my eye, beyond the death and decay of matters left behind and unsettled, the music ringing up above my head told a thousand stories of bounty and belonging, and it glimmered…by
Danielle A. Jackson |
A poem from the Greatest Hits Music Issue Driving by kudzu, under oblong leaves / of live oaks as their roots knuckle up, / past the trawlers, who dredge pretty pink shrimp / from the belly of the coral-lipped sea, / war’s on,…by
Nomi Stone |
An essay from the Greatest Hits Music Issue If my dad’s career trajectory seemed unlikely, that paled in comparison to the odds of such a thing occurring at all in a small dry county in the Bible Belt. That so…by
Patterson Hood |
An essay from the Greatest Hits Music Issue A better South, the Up South, insists that Black artistry and industry be recognized for their excellence, and that the measure of Black art be located in the pleasure of Black audience.…by
Alice Randall |
An essay from the Greatest Hits Music Issue The first songs that I listened to by Talibah Safiya had this soft, sweet, plaintive quality. There is something else underneath if you listen a bit closer: a little loneliness. The knowledge…by
Jamey Hatley |
Originally published in our 1993 Music Issue Long before any R.E.M. albums went gold or platinum, the band’s omnipresence on the college scene made them as much an oppressive force in bookworm circles as the “mainstream” music they were supposed…by
Elizabeth Wurtzel |
An introduction to the Greatest Hits Music Issue How does the South inform my music? How do I describe the sound that your bare feet make when they pat the cool, packed red dust under them? How do I describe…by
Brittany Howard |
Jessica Jacobs is the author Pelvis with Distance, a biography-in-poems of Georgia O’Keeffe (White Pine Press, 2015). Her work has or will appear in Beloit Poetry Journal, The Missouri Review, Cave Wall, the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day Project, and elsewhere. She is on faculty at the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference and will be the 2016 Hendrix-Murphy Writer-in-Residence at Hendrix College.
Nickole Brown’s books include Fanny Says (BOA Editions, 2015) and Sister (Red Hen Press, 2007). She graduated from The Vermont College of Fine Arts, studied literature at Oxford University as an English Speaking Union Scholar, and was the editorial assistant for the late Hunter S. Thompson. Currently, she is the Editor for the Marie Alexander Series in Prose Poetry at White Pine Press and is on faculty at the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference and at the low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Murray State.