Vol. 27, No. 4: Sonic South

Vol. 27, No. 4: Sonic South

Guest edited by Regina N. Bradley, the Sonic South Issue examines sound. From Deafness to silence to a tool of liberation, “Sound is where the South can be its most complicated and unapologetic,” writes Bradley, “where it can boast its plurality and multiple communities.”

Front Porch: Sonic South

by Tom Rankin

“So much of what is calling to us in the South remains yet unheard.”

Sounding the South / Souf

by Regina N. Bradley

“Sound is where the South can be its most complicated and unapologetic being, where it can boast its plurality and multiple communities.”

In Mind and Place

by Kristin Gee Hickman

“Mundane practices are what form habits, stabilize norms, and reproduce culture. This begs the question: What culture am I reproducing by repeating the words Ole Miss?”

Windy Gap Road

by Joanna Welborn

“They communicate using a family sign language our family developed in the 1800s. They jokingly call it Johnson Family Sign, fingerspelled ‘JSL.’”

“We’re Not Just Shooting the Breeze”

by Matt Sakakeeny

“We head off into the night, the kids holding their instruments straight, their knees interlocked in step, a model of discipline and swagger.”

Located and Dispersed

by Monica Moses Haller

“Sound is a medium to enter historic, political, environmental, and personal realities. Whatever present moment the river might invite me to, it is a thick moment, a moment in motion.”

Reclaiming the Beat

by Antron D. Mahoney

“The music is a gift; it makes room for us.”

Hearing Waycross

by Abigail Greenbaum

“I’d started to doubt the Gram Parsons myth, but I could still feel its narcotic lull.”

Soundscapes Are Not Monolithic

by Kristofer Graham, Jessica Peacock, Christina Spears, Keisha Worthey

“A teacher’s inability to hear the funds of knowledge, strength, joy, and love from students’ voices is not the fault of the student.”

Right there in the front yard?

by James Jabar

“right there is where it all happened”