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Take a swallow. Breathe in a deep gulp of air. Walk to the edge of the dance floor. You are about to take the first step. Getting enough nerve to ask a dancer to join you for a step or two is hard. You have to stop being shy and…

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Tim Bullard: Grayson Hugh :: a review (Feb 2019)

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Valeria Vose, a Novel by Alice Bingham Gorman Published by She Writes Press, Berkeley, CA October 2018 “Time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome“–Derek Walcott Thus begins Alice Gorman‘s “Valeria…

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Valeria Vose by Alice Bingham Gorman (a book discussion) Oct 2018

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“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 holds onto it with a such precision — dialogs so rare and unique that you want…

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Mourning Dove by Claire Fullerton (a novel)

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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 and was named a “Best Emerging Poet” by Stay Thirsty Media in 2016. Her work has appeared…

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Karen Paul Holmes: No Such Thing as Distance (book)

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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 us would never dare to go, she bares her soul. Adopting three children after the agonizing…

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Tricia Booker: The Place of Peace and Crickets (Memoir – Review)

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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 on the porch and sing them in mild evenings.” –Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping It’s tough to come…

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Dan Leach’s Floods and Fires (book discussion)

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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 the same small town in Arkansas. I always like to keep up with fellow Arkansans, so…

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CL Bledsoe: Interview with poet Wil Gibson

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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 somewhat like Lucille Clifton or Besmilr Brigham. Carroll uses line break and phrasing to maintain and…

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C.L. Bledsoe: Sorry You Are Not an Instant Winner (chapbook review)

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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 incomparable language, and all speak to the soul of my Southern sensibilities. I’m sharing a book…

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Claire Fullerton: “One Good Mama Bone” (book discussion)

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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 time I heard Donald Illich read, but I’ve heard him several times. What I do remember…

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CL Bledsoe: Book Reviews –The Art of Dissolving and Rocket Children

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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 love books detailing the all important “place.” This is a Southern novel, set in rural Mississippi…

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Phillip Thompson: Outside the Law (a book discussion)

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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 in this issue of the Mule. Yeehaw for Mule writers. The bold script contains our questions/commentary…

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Phillip Thompson on Writing

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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 several places by the name of Dew Drop Inn, but the one I wrote about was…

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Tim Bullard: 1998 Interview with Charlie Daniels

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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…

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Valerie MacEwan: Matthew Rose and “The Letters”

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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 novels that were especially readable and noteworthy. One from a dear friend, Mule writer Jim Booth,…

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Phillip Thompson: A Novel “Deep Blood”

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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, he has racked up 13 short story acceptances and has published a novel with MacAdam/Cage….

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An Interview with Dayne Sherman

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“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.”

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“Eating the Heart First” by Clare Martin * A Review by Helen Losse

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We’d like to thank Jack for his contributions to this Mule. It’s pretty safe to say that without him, our issue would be brutish and gray. Jack is a rare artist, as far as we’re concerned. Anyone who can paint an ass without acting like one is indeed a treasure….

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Jack Niven, The Artist of the Hour