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The Southern Review’s Spring 2012 Issue Now Available

Features Established and Emerging Writers from David Antin to Dina Nayeri Viergutz

05/25/2012 12:38 PM

BATON ROUGE – Coney Island photographs adorn The Southern Review’s spring 2012 issue, now available for purchase online at and in bookstores.


The issue features legendary poet and performance artist David Antin, with a talk piece first performed at the Bowery Poetry Club titled “white ravens black helicopters.” This rollicking, expansive poem, rooted in spoken word and the oral storytelling tradition, is a breathless tour de force. Readers will also find an excerpt from playwright Tommy Nohilly’s “Blood from a Stone,” which opened in New York starring Ethan Hawke and Gordan Clapp.


Paula Closson Buck’s “The Sea Grass Icons” brings readers to the coast of Greece, where an old icon painter and café owner begins to paint underwater and discovers a miraculous beauty. French and English duke it out in “Jumelage,” a Montréal love story. “A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea,” by Dina Nayeri Viergutz, takes place in post-revolution Iran and tells of a young woman’s coming-of-age, and Christine Sneed’s “Flattering Light,” a companion piece to her winter-issue story, examines celebrity from a new angle – a woman dating a famous actor’s son. J. David Stevens’s funny and unsettling story “Ubernanny” explores the eerie possibilities of reality TV: the unruly family who goes on Ubernanny’s TV show are slowly replaced by actors, until even the family dog, a golden retriever named Louis XVI, is played by a new dog, Rocko, who wears a pink bow.


Essays include Susan McCallum-Smith’s “Tartar,” a masterful piece on Muriel Spark that blends personal essay and scholarship, and Joe Wilkins’s “All Apologies,” a consideration of friendship, poverty and family in which Wilkins examines who we write for and why.


New work by Christine Garren, Charles Rafferty, Sarah Kain Gutowski, Chelsea Rathburn, Ron De Maris, Eric Weinstein, Agnieszka Kuciak (translated by Karen Kovacik), Jay Rogoff, and John A. Nieves is also included. Peter Kayafas’s intimate, joyful photographs of Coney Island comprise the eight-page art insert.


Founded in 1935 by Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks, The Southern Review is published four times a year on the campus of LSU.


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