I have always been fascinated by abandoned and neglected spaces, both in metaphor and in image. How do the places we initially create survive once we leave them? How do they slowly fold back into the surrounding world? Where are the marks of us underneath tangled vines, broken windows, empty doorframes?
by Beau Boudreaux
writing her a poem though we just met
on the balcony, knives
by William Lusk Coppage
I hit fifty in the straight-a-ways; watch dust
and rocks rooster-tail into the clouds. Cow shit
litters the loose gravel—piles and piles
like land mines out to slow my truck's speed.
by Glenda Barrett
When my life draws to a close,
bury me in the soil of Appalachia,
by Hunter Murphy Easter is a time for rebirth. Down South, the azaleas and dogwoods are blooming and, although we’re no longer primarily agrarian, we still have plenty of green space. This time of year also ushers in a renewal of fashions. While temperatures in the South can sometimes feel like summer year-round, Easter is a milestone when it comes to the Southern wardrobe. White and seersucker begin making appearances, particularly for the Southern gentleman, and the bowtie, which has kept its traditional audience over the years, is beginning to gain new, and younger, fans.
by Melva Holliman
Magnolia memories and Deep South dreams,
Home is tattooed on my soul and racing through my veins.
Join us for Literary Friday! Today, we've got a recap of last week's Twitter chat, news from New Orleans literary landmark Hotel Monteleone and a lunch fit for Tennessee Williams, National Poetry Month coming up and literary events for April.
"The Hunger Games" movie opened over the weekend, earning $153 million at the box office and setting an opening record for Lions Gate. Movie goers, and especially those who read Suzanne Collins' 2008 novel, thought they were watching the fictional world of Panem, but what they were really seeing was scenery from the western part of North Carolina.
Merriam-Webster defines bromance as “a close, nonsexual friendship between men.” Hunter Murphy has compiled a list of the best male relationships in Southern literature, some with tragic ends and others exhibiting downright heroic bromantic behavior. Join us on Twitter from 1-2 CST today for Literary Friday, where we'll be discussing these legendary literary relationships and more.
A native of New Orleans, Bryan Batt landed the role of Art Director Salvatore Romano on AMC’s "Mad Men" in 2007. He moved from New Orleans to New York right out of college to be an actor and starred on Broadway and off, more recently guest starring on "Law and Order" and "Ugly Betty." Batt made it through three seasons of "Mad Men" before his character was fired for rejecting the sexual advances of Lee Garner Jr., son of a Lucky Strike exec, a huge client for the agency. Now, Batt spends his days traveling between New York, New Orleans and Los Angeles. While in New Orleans, he can usually be found at his Magazine Street home décor shop, Hazelnut. Batt recently talked to us about "Mad Men," his favorite cocktail and why he loves living in the South.