Gulf Coast

I recently wound up with a copy of Gulf Coast‘s most recent edition, Volume 34. I’ve never read Gulf Coast, and it was entertaining. They’re a surprisingly large literary magazine – this copy was over 300 pages. I didn’t read all of it. I’m not sure I’ve ever read every entry in a lit mag. I was impressed, though, with the wide variety of styles and genres – including quite a handful of translations that include the original piece in its original language.

I have to admit I wasn’t as impressed by the fiction offerings as the poetry ones. In a lot of lit mags, the stories – all realistic fiction – fall into two camps: the austere and the preachy. The issue starts in grad school – you’re taught that you need to be pushing something or putting on intellectual airs in order to be relevant. However, the end result is that the characters and plots of both camps bleed together and just kind of fall between the cracks. One story, called “Wild Child,” by Whitney Collins was notable. It did err on the side of the austere but the concept of a character whose perception of reality differs almost entirely from what’s actually going on around her was extremely fascinating.

One other piece I’d like to call attention to is a poem by Elisa Gabbert: “The Idea of a Meadow.” It’s not a terribly long poem, so I won’t say too much about it for anyone who might actually go look it up, but the descriptions are beautiful and the sense of a place being alive is fantastic.

Gulf Coast is our lit mag of the month. Be sure to check out their website.

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