“I’d never had a broken heart and didn’t understand the difference between what you feel and what you have to do.” The novel, Mourning Dove embraces an enduring story of the 1970s American South and holdsRead more
Just Published Karen Paul Holmes’s No Such Thing as Distance Karen Paul Holmes is the author of Untying the Knot (Aldrich Press 2014). She is a past recipient of an Elizabeth GeorgeFoundation writing grant andRead more
Tricia Boooker’s: “The Place of Peace and Crickets: how adoption, heartache, and love built a family” is brutal, honest, loving and a masterpiece of a memoir. Booker goes in deep, where most of usRead more
Southern Legitimacy Statement: “Families will not be broken. Curse and expel them, send their children wandering, drown them in floods and fires, and old women will makes songs of all these sorrows and sit onRead more
According to his website, https://wilgibson.com/, Wil Gibson is “a white trash poet.” I first came to know of his work when he reached out to me several years ago after discovering we were from theRead more
sorry you are not an instant winner, by Doritt Carroll. Kattywompus Press, 2017. $12. Reviewed by CL Bledsoe The poems in Carroll’s chapbook are stripped-down narratives, eschewing punctuation or capitalization, in a style somewhatRead more
Southern Legitimacy Statement: Being from Memphis, Tennessee, I am an avid reader of Southern writers. Pat Conroy, Anne Rivers Siddons, Donna Tartt, and Ron Rash are among my favorites; all tell a tale in incomparableRead more
The Art of Dissolving, by Donald Illich. (Georgetown, KT: Finishing Line Press, 2016. 28 Pp. $14.99, paperback) Rocket Children, by Donald Illich. (Bamboo Creek Press, 2012. 38 Pp. paperback) I don’t remember the first timeRead more
Phillip Thompson’s latest thriller, Outside the Law, would/should/will attract a vast array of readers. There are those who enjoy the thriller genre, of course. But Thompson’s book will also garner appreciation from those who loveRead more
The Dead Mule spoke with Mule writer and author Phillip Thompson after reading his latest thriller Outside the Law, released this month (Feb 2017) by Brash-Books.com. A review of Outside the Law is included inRead more
From the Archives, look at what we found from Fall 1998! CHARLIE DANIELS Interview by Tim Bullard TIM: Could you tell me about the Dew Drop Inn? CHARLIE DANIELS: Well, I know there are severalRead more
Recasting the throw-aways and detritus, the overheard and misspelled, the artist has fashioned a large expository drama that serves as fragmented window into our collective Zeitgeist. Sex, love, death, politics, aesthetics and the muddled semiotics of our age all find a place in this body of work and beckon the viewer to read, decipher and unravel. The pieces in The Letters resonate with an enigmatic poetic presence. The result is a significant body of work by an important American artist…Read more
Review copies arrive on a semi-daily basis here on Brown St. This month brought quite a few volumes of teen fiction and those were passed on to willing recipients. Then there were the two novelsRead more
by Thomas Scott McKenzie *from Summer 2007 Dayne Sherman is writer both dedicated and determined. A former high-school dropout, he began writing fiction in the spring of 1996. In a little more than three years,Read more
“The narrative thread in these autobiographical and personal poems wanders out and about and then circles back upon itself as Martin relies on the Louisiana terrain for her dark settings and deep images.”Read more
In our 22nd year online!
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–Val MacEwan, 1996
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