Category Archives: Non-Fiction Prose

“Separate, But…” by Terry Barr

Secrets are opened in moments like this: “Daddy, why are you and Mommy sleeping in different bedrooms?” The befuddled Daddy stares at his six-year old son, a boy not old enough to understand that he wasn’t supposed to ask this … Continue reading

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Doc: The Story of a Birmingham Jazz Man (Excerpt) by Frank “Doc” Adams and Burgin Mathews

Doc: The Story of a Birmingham Jazz Man, released this fall from the University of Alabama Press, chronicles the life of Dr. Frank Adams, a local jazz icon and a ceaseless and inspiring educator. Drawn from more than two years … Continue reading

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“Tributary: Becoming Green Warriors of the Red Earth Country” by Leah Alford

Summer air here can be felt, almost fingered, it’s so succulent with moisture. At high temperatures, it’s chokingly humid, but in more moderate weather, it’s velvet and invasive against the skin. In Alabama at the southernmost end of the Appalachians, … Continue reading

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“Wrestling with Jews” by Terry Barr

What does a small-town Southern boy take away from watching grown men in tights faking their way through “Boston Crabs,” “Sleeper-holds,” and “Neck-Breakers?” When I was growing up, I remember that the weakest of our four TV channels—WBMG 42—aired from … Continue reading

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“Don’t Tell” by Donna Thomas

I don’t know why the memory has started to surface after all this time. But it’s here and grows stronger and stronger each day. I also don’t know why I never told anyone. It just seemed easier to tuck the … Continue reading

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