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Apr 9, 2005 03:51 PM

Great southern writing about great southern food

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If you have any interest in either of the above, run get the new issue of Oxford American magazine, guest-edited by John T. Edge. Mine just came and I'm just getting started--have already enjoyed contributions by Padgett Powell (musings on ice) and the great poet Yusef Komunyakaa (a prose essay on returning home, and cooking raccoon). Too much more to report now.

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  1. Speaking of Yusef and eatinng coons, he has some poems on the 'net, including "Ode to the Racoon."


    1. Just out of curiosity, what is "Southern" writing?


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      1. re: Gary Soup

        Ha, its the style of writing done in the heat and humidity of Mississippi in Summer...


      2. My Oxford American just came too, and I've read a few bits. I have been waiting and waiting for the food issue. Before it went belly-up the 2nd time, this was to have been the next issue. I'm so glad they're back; it's an excellent, excellent magazine. This is supposedly a magazine devoted to Southern writing, but it's really just good writing. A fine literary magazine. BTW, I've always felt "Southern writing" was a meld of heat, humidty, kudzu and dysfunctional families. Oh, and there's usually a mule involved.

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        1. re: sudiepav

          LOL! And a couple of old coon dawgs too.

          I loved Dennis Covington's piece on CFS. Now I have to get one of my compatriots on the Texas board to journey to Ralls, TX and report back (opposite end of the state from where I am).