On The South and Her Writers

These are just a few quotes about Southern writers and writing. We're a hard to understand lot; we half the time don't even understand ourselves. Hopefully, these little gems will help peel back the veil, even if just a smidgen.


"In the South, history clings to you like a wet blanket. Outside your door the past awaits in Indian mounts, plantation ruins, heaving sidewalks and homestead graveyards; each slowly reclaimed by the kudzu of time." ~ Tim Heaton

"To identify a person as a Southerner suggests not only that her history is inescapable and formative but that it is also impossibly present. Southerners live uneasily at the nexus between myth and reality, watching the mishmash amalgam of sorrow, humility, honor, graciousness, and renegade defiance play out against a backdrop of profligate physical beauty." ~ Sally MannDeep South

And my ALL TIME FAVORITE quote regarding the South and Southern Writers:

"Something about the South haunted me and made me curious. What was going on down there?...Writing practice asks us to be ourselves. No matter what a person does to cover up and conceal themselves, when we write and lose control, and then read, I can spot a person from Alabama, Florida, South Carolina a mile away even if they make no exact reference to location. Their words are lush like the land they come from.... There is something extravagant and wild about what they have to say -- something fertile with a hidden danger or shame, thick like the humidity, unspoken yet ever-present....The power and force of the land is heard in the piece....And the land holds the truth, has seen it all...it either tortures and twists them or they open to its certitude....It's almost as if being from the South, if a writer is willing to contact its pain, the land gives the writer a voice, hands it to her. 'Speak,' it says, 'uncover what's real, reclaim the real story'." ~ Natalie GoldbergThunder and Lightning

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