Eve Lyons: A Poem

Southern Legitimacy Statement:  I am, as always, a born in New Orleans, raised in South Texas woman. Currently living in Boston. Southern Comfort is a Dangerous Thing “It is a sad time for the heart.” –Read more

Pris Campbell: A Prose Poem Memoir

My Southern Statement  I was born in South Carolina where I loved to snack on barbecue sandwiches with cold slaw on top and fried green tomatoes. My great grandfather fought in the War Between theRead more

Tom Sheehan: A Poem

My legitimacy statement says, “I have appeared in your magazine, have read and vacationed in NC, and once worked in Tennessee.” Cold Night’s Dark Advances And always it is this Gift-giver, this woman from midnight’sRead more

Pepper Smith: Other People’s Brights

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: First off, my name is Pepper. Nuff said. Secondly, I’m from Mississippi. But to continue… in the summers I would visit my Mamaw who made “sun tea” by putting a jar with filledRead more

Barbara Conrad: Fish Camp, Indian River 1956

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I swear on a stack of Bibles I’m from the south. To be specific, I’m a Tarheel born and a Tarheel bred and when I die I’ll be a Tarheel dead. IRead more

Brenda Butka: April, Taylor Hollow

Southern Legitimacy Statement: So. My husband once bought four hams from a man in Kentucky who can no longer enter his hams in the State Fair because no one else can win. Husband sold oneRead more

Richard Weaver : Mule Toe

  My Official Highfalutin’ Southern Legitimacy Statement  I was born on the same day that George Armstrong Custer died, though “Autie”, as he called his adopted self, and I never exchanged letters. But that don’tRead more

Ruth Heinold: Choose Your Songs With Care

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Although I was born in Cincinnati, the South has been home since 1961. I’d be 100 years old this April and this poem is published in the spirit of my work leftRead more

Matthew Borczon: Three Poems

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SLS- my grand father was a miner, then a railroad man before he left that life to live in Erie Pa and chase my grand mother. My wife grandmother lived in West Virginia where herRead more

Herbert Woodward Martin: Poems

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Mr. Martin needs no detailed Southern Legitimacy Statement, he has graced our website before today but I do want to include this: “I am a Southerner by birth and tradition. I was born in Birmingham, AlabamaRead more

Katherine D. Perry: Poetry

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SLS I was born, like everyone else, in a particular place.  Alabama:  not just a Southern state, but The Heart of Dixie, where vowels are long and round.  I spent my early years in the woods (without a gun) searchingRead more

Ron Cooper: Understanding Poetry

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and raised in the South Carolina Low Country in a swamp so think that airplanes had to shift into low gear to fly over it. I retrieved the bonesRead more

Greta Cabrel: Four Poems

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Southern Legitimacy Statement:  I’d like to tell you about the poorly shrouded frost-burnt parrot carcass stashed in a friend’s grandmother’s freezer, but it’s not my story to share. I do tell on my housemates’ haintsRead more

Rebecca Baggett: Poem

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My Southern Legitimacy Statement: Born at James Walker Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, NC to a Southern father and a ex-pat mother (Pennsylvania Dutch from Tulpehocken Township). Grew up at Carolina Beach, where except for SundaysRead more

Calvin Heyward: “I Captured the World in Mason Jars while drinking from Scooby Doo Jelly Jars …”

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My southern roots are sown in the coastal island of St. John’s, just off of the beautiful peninsula known as Charleston, South Carolina. Though born in Harlem, New York – Charleston isRead more

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