Finding the One: A Tortoise Retrospective

Tortoise’s story begins, in a sense, to the sound of Coltrane’s golden lamentation, Africa/Brass, its frenetic drone finding the ears, and fingers, of Doug McCombs and John Herndon circa 1988 in Chicago. The two are playing with Michael Cerzigan in a band dubbed “Simple”, and while the trio never manages to perform beyond their rehearsal… More

Claudia Emerson’s “Impossible Bottle”

Impossible Bottle, Claudia Emerson LSU Press, 2015. 978-0-807-16083-1 WORLD AS BEGINNING In the summer of 2014, Claudia Emerson was on faculty at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. I attended that year, having just received my MFA, ecstatic and honored that I would be taking part in her poetry workshop. Our group met twice weekly, and if… More

David Baker

“Poetry teaches us—and sings to us this song—that the fluidity of things is their natural form.”—David Baker discusses poetry and process. More

Two Rivers

Daniel DeVaughn He built a frame of air, in air, and left behind the chimney-smoke rising to the Southern Cross, prayer-like, the tide roar breaking down-coast. The gulls’ cries faded as he sank into sleep, and in dream, another night, the Cahaba rose, banners of weed braiding round his body as he drifted over shoals… More

Adam Vines

Poet Adam Vines discusses fishing, poetry, and the Southern imagination in this exclusive Fogged Clarity interview conducted by Daniel DeVaughn. More

Rumors of War

Daniel DeVaughn For years, I hadn’t seen or heard from Kevin Moon. He shot me once, in mid-summer, a shining bead of lead or copper—whatever kind of metal is mined for boys forced out of doors into the world— lodging in my thigh like the seed of some future violence. We’d wrestle in the waxing… More