POSTED: Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 11:53am
BATON ROUGE, LA — Abstract paintings by artist Patricia Spergel adorn The Southern Review’s summer 2013 issue, now available for purchase online at http://thesouthernreview.org  and in bookstores. Works recorded by some of the writers can also be heard on the website’s audio gallery.
The summer issue showcases new work from six prose writers, including stories by Katherine Heiny, Sondra Spatt Olsen, Alexi Zentner, and Holly Goddard Jones, and essays by Megan Snyder-Camp and Caitlin Horrocks, whose “Year of the Dogs” unveils her touching struggle as a woman with pet allergies who loves dogs so much that she nevertheless volunteers at an animal shelter with a kill policy.
Twenty-two poets grace the pages, including prose poems by Chloe Honum, Lesley Jenike, and Charles Rafferty, who has five poems in this issue. A master of image and profundity, his “An Explanation of How One Thing Leads to Another” asks, “After all, what good are spirits if they cannot be dismantled into pieces so small they can be cherished and carried home and kept in a special place, until at last they are forgotten and the relics thrown out like so much bric-a-brac? Here’s the proof: the only thing I have belonging to my great-grandfather is a large Irish penny worn almost to the point of not being money.”
Also featured in the issue are poems from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stephen Dunn, Elizabeth Cox, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Sasha West, Douglas Goetsch, and Shara McCallum, as well as a crown of sonnets from Ryan Teitman, and four poems from Bob Hicok, including a sharp and glib examination of the devastating effects of unemployment in America in “Some math, some words.”
Patricia Spergel’s paintings are composed of fluid, organic forms, often derived from the human body or landscape, which crowd together, float or overlap, creating eccentric compositions filled with color and light. Her works are among the collections of Citigroup and Bank of America and have been featured in “New American Paintings” and the New York Times.