Issue 109/110, Summer/Fall 2020

Issue 109/110, Summer/Fall 2020

Our jam-packed double issue explores the theme of place, an idea as large and unwieldy as our diverse (and disputed) region. This issue is a passionate and essential exploration of the South—from the Ozarks to the coastline to the Delta, from rural communities to urban centers.

Featuring contributions by Minnijean Brown TrickeyMik AwakeBaynard WoodsRosalind BentleyAnsel ElkinsJohn Lingan, and many others.

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Special thanks to the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, the Presenting Sponsor of this issue. 


Editor’s Letter: Change and Transformation, by Eliza Borné

Points South

May 1, 2020, a poem by Pauletta Hansel

Hoods in My Hymnal, by Rachel Louise Martin

Joyride, by Karen Good Marable

The Visitor, by André Gallant

Cara Cara Orange, by Aimee Nezhukumatathil



Soil

The Days Are Walking, by Holly Haworth

Back to the Land, by Alice Driver

The Dimming Mystique of Mileston, by W. Ralph Eubanks

Cotton Plant, photographs by Timothy Hursley
Seeds Unbound, an essay by Frederick McKindra 

 

Wood

Underneath the Sweet Gum Tree, by Martin Padgett

A Search, a story by Jayne Anne Phillips

Be for a Blessing, by Carly Berlin 

The Silence at Buddy’s House, by John Lingan

 

Water

The Breaking Point, by Kerry Rose Graning 

Because It’s There, by Erik Reece 

Hunger for the Water, by Leslie Pariseau

A Ghazal for My Mother, a poem by Vivian Blair Hobbs 

 

Stone

Look for Shape, Look for Shine, by Liam Baranauskas

First Casino on the Moon, a poem by Ansel Elkins 

Finding Southern Comfort and The Great Call, by Valerie Boyd 

Ex Parvis Magna, Jamie Quatro 

Yellowbelly, by David Searcy

 


Features

THE BLESSING AND BURDEN OF FOREVER
Notes on home, family, and our ancestral land
by Rosalind Bentley

TRAFFICKING IN TEACHERS
Filipino teachers, hired to fill historic shortages in the South and elsewhere, fight their exploitation by opportunistic recruiters

by Rachel Mabe

BITCH BABY
a story by
Halle Hill

“THIS STORY CANNOT BE TOLD UNLESS WE START FROM THE BEGINNING”
A conversation on Black history, sorrow, and protest

by Minnijean Brown Trickey and Crystal Mercer
Moderated by Danielle A. Jackson
Photographs by Ebony Blevins


POEM FOR AN ELECTION YEAR
by Marcus Wicker


Omnivore

RESURRECTION LIKE GREEN APPLE PLASTIC
Maury Gortemiller’s Do the Priest in Different Voices 
by Jason Bruner

THE CONDITION OF GRAY ITSELF
Jasper Johns, Edisto Island, and (un)color 
by Baynard Woods


Art by Deborah Roberts, Dionne Lee, Esther Pearl Watson, Jessica Fontenot, Jonathan Michael Castillo, Hope Gangloff, Antoine Williams, Haim Alvarez-Correa Brodmeier, Keris Salmon, Hélène Amouzou, Roe Ethridge, Carter/Reddy, John Divola, Matt White, Marion Post Wolcott, Rory Doyle, Timothy Hursley, Susan W. Raines, Johnny Defeo, Bill Aron, John Akomfrah, Jennifer West, John Lusk Hathaway, Jules Buck Jones, Lily Brooks, Caleb Charland, Royal Robertson, Lorna Simpson, Kris Graves, Milton Carter, Camilo Ramirez, Delita Martin, Ron Jude, Devan Shimoyama, Ebony Blevins, Maury Gortemiller, Ugo Mulas, Jasper Johns

Cover: “When you see me” (2019), by Deborah Roberts. Mixed media and collage on canvas. © Deborah Roberts. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Collection: Dallas Museum of Art, Texas