Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — Travel to Burma, Russia, Japan, and the beaches of Captiva Island in the pages of The Southern Review’s summer 2011 issue, now available for purchase online at www.lsu.edu/tsr/  and in bookstores.
Indulge wanderlust with great new stories by Christine Sneed, Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry, David Yost, Quan Barry, David James Poissant, and Peter Levine, who take readers around the globe.
Essays include Scott Nadelson’s personal meditation on three writers who shaped his writing life: the evolutionary biologist and historian Stephen Jay Gould; the playwright Edward Albee; and the fiery and eccentric Irish novelist Edna O’Brien, who, Albee claims, is “quite mad, you know.”
Peggy Shinner explores the cultural meaning of hair across space and time, including Scotland, where they said that women “should refrain from combing their hair at night when their brothers were at sea because that could raise a storm and sink the boats.”
Poet Alice Friman invites readers to “Consider wallpaper. Barely perceptible, but see – threading the roses, the line where they were joined to make a garden,” and from there to reflect on the nature of art: “Klee said, A drawing is simply a line going for a walk. So is a poem.” Friman’s work accompanies new offerings by 20 poets, including Jim Daniels, Amy Beeder, Ron De Maris, Laura Kasischke, Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis, Peter Marcus, Will Schutt, John Witte, and The Southern Review’s resident scholar Jen McClanaghan, who writes in a melancholy-but-hopeful tone about family and Detroit, “I’ll take a day at a cold beach with the dog, which, in winter, is the right kind of loneliness, because you’re not born into it like a fox into his fur.”
Vibrant artwork by Soren Vandegaard of New Orleans graces the cover and is featured in an eight-page art insert. Works on canvas done in colorful acrylics and tissue paper depict the Crescent City and its denizens.