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Mid/South Sonnets

Mid/South Sonnets

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Mid/South Sonnets: A Belle Point Press Anthology Edited by C.T. Salazar and Casie Dodd

Mid/South Sonnets brings together sixty-six poets with ties throughout the American South. From Oklahoma to Florida—with larger clusters of work from the more centrally located Mid-Southern states, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee—the states represented through these writers offer a wide range of landscapes and perspectives that speak to the region's eclectic nature. While this anthology includes many conventional and experimental approaches to the sonnet form, each poem ultimately enacts an attempt to struggle through the anxieties of home in the hope of finding a place to love and belong.

"I entered each of these sonnets and came out something else. I recognized places, and I found myself in entirely unfamiliar surroundings. These sonnets upend a status quo. Their speakers mourn and love in deeply radical ways."

-C.T. Salazar, from the Introduction


Rasha Abdulhadi | Brandon Amico | JC Andrews | Susan April | Stacey Balkun | makalani bandele | Anna Lena Phillips Bell | Andrea Blancas Beltran | Ellie Black | Darrell BourqueWendy Taylor Carlisle | Justin Carter | Michelle Castleberry | George David Clark | Adam Clay | Christian J. Collier | Dorsey Craft | Brody Parrish Craig | Hannah Dow | George Drew | CD Eskilson | Ann Fisher-Wirth | Beth Gordon | Maggie Graber | David Greenspan | Andrew Hemmert | Raye Hendrix | Maggie Rue Hess | Faylita Hicks | Erin Hoover | Randall Horton | SG Huerta | T.R. Hummer | Jules Jacob | Bethany Jarmul | Grant Matthew Jenkins | Edison Jennings | Ashley M. Jones | Carol Parris Krauss | T.K. Lee | Steven Leyva | Aurielle Marie | Landon McGee | Benjamin Morris | Caleb Nolenmónica teresa ortiz | Alison Pelegrin | Samuel Prestridge | Suzanne Underwood Rhodes | Celeste Schueler | Gerry Sloan | Cody Smith | Tom Snarsky | Nathan Spoon | colin james sturdevant | Hiba Tahir | Nikki Ummel | Damien Uriah | Clara Bush VadalaJohn Vanderslice | Cassandra Whitaker | Jim Whiteside | Marcus Wicker | Matthew Wimberley | Marianne Worthington | Jianqing Zheng

C.T. Salazar is a Latinx poet and librarian from Mississippi. His debut collection, Headless John the Baptist Hitchhiking, is now available from Acre Books. He’s the author of three chapbooks, most recently American Cavewall Sonnets (Bull City Press, 2021). He’s the 2020 recipient of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award in poetry. His poems have appeared in The Rumpus, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cincinnati Review, 32 Poems, RHINO, and elsewhere.

Casie Dodd lives in Arkansas with her husband and two children. Recent work has appeared in The Windhover, Oxford American, Image, Arkansas Review, and other journals. Based in Fort Smith, she is the founder and publisher of Belle Point Press.


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      • Publication date: August 29, 2023
      • Trim size: 5 x 7 inches
      • Pages: 112
      • ISBN: 978-1-960215-04-8
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