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19th Annual
Southern Music Issue & CD
featuring KENTUCKY

From 2009 until 2015, our music issue featured a different Southern state every year (raise your hand if you’ve got them all: Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, and Georgia).
Last year, we departed from the series to examine “Visions of the Blues.

In 2017, we are returning to the state series. And we are thrilled to share that it’s your turn, Kentucky.

The Commonwealth gave us musicians like Loretta Lynn and Nappy Roots, Richard Hell and Bill Monroe—just to name a very few—and beloved writers like Crystal Wilkinson, Ronni Lundy, Silas House, and our own poetry editor, Rebecca Gayle Howell. This is just a taste of Kentucky and a taste of what’s to come.

As always, the issue will come packaged with a CD (+ free download) of songs, with liner notes in the magazine.

On newsstands November 21, 2017 — Order your copy here.

The issue will mail to subscribers on November 7, 2017 — subscribe today.

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A Good Job

By  |  March 13, 2018
Photograph by RaMell Ross Photograph by RaMell Ross

For Kwame’s Mother


I know we are happy

To hold them in our arms

     Watching 

Them squizzle

     Learning 

To grow

I’m not sure

What makes us happier

     Watching 

Them take their first step or

     Watching

That first tooth come in 

 

We certainly think 

That first word should be

     Mother

 

And what joy to 

     Watch

Them walk

Down the aisle

For graduation or marriage 

And how fortunate are we

To see the world celebrate

The Talent

 

We burst with pride

At the Best Sellers

And the Prizes

But mostly I think we

     Appreciate

The warmth

Of the arms of our sons

Laying us to rest 

     Knowing

We have done

A Good Job


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Nikki Giovanni, the author of more than twenty books of poetry and children’s stories, has won numerous awards, including multiple NAACP Image Awards, the Langston Hughes Award for Distinguished Contributions to Arts and Letters, and the Rosa L. Parks Women of Courage Award.

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