Beyond Katrina is poet Natasha Trethewey’s verypersonal profile of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and of the peoplethere whose lives were forever changed by hur. On one of her trips back to the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey noticed a sign in. In her reissued and updated memoir, Beyond Katrina, poet Natasha Trethewey, a native of Gulfport, Mississippi, tells lots of stories about the.

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She not only talks about the destruction, but what led up to the hurricane, including trerhewey in ’65 and the aftermath of those economically disadvantaged. Beyond Katrina is just what the subtitle says it is: Although racial segregation and discrimination was formally outlawed by the time of her birth, its natasa lingered in the Deep South for many years afterward, as many blacks continued to frequent stores owned by their neighbors and to employ local tradesmen.

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Beyond Katrina is a powerful testament and statement by this uniquely gifted writer, whose talent will now receive wider attention in her new position as America’s poet laureate. Feb 10, Patricia Murphy rated it it was amazing Shelves: In this sense, Beyond Katrina is doing the bracing and utterly essential work of re—membering, of putting a world and its inhabitants back together again piece by piece and voice by voice toward some greater whole and coherence. Ships from and sold by Amazon.

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If I tear it down, the city takes the land. Son Dixon booked them at his club, and they stayed with me. I think Our new US poet laureate lives in my neighborhood. One child I know is afraid to take a bath now because he saw his mother washed out of the house by the storm. What I found the most intriguing within a highly interesting narrative was the way she touched upon why her beloved grandmother had played such an important role in her and her brother’s life.


She lived in an apartment, was a model tenant and had a son who lived with her.

Environmental damage to the landscape. It reads like a letting go, a grieving, and I think the strength of the book is how Natasha Trethewey evokes the way a place can form so much of our identity. Reading my face, she must know I can’t see why—even now— she tithes, why she keeps giving to the church. For Sale signs abound, and developers seeking to fill in the nearby wetlands continue to threaten the environmental safety of North Gulfport’s residents. Trethewey describes the mismanagement of the coastal wetland by local developers, and how it contributed to the disastrous flooding.

She is the author of four collections of poetry: I highly recommend her other books of poetry as well. She has layered on the old story of Camille the new story of Katrina.

Moving ‘Beyond Katrina’ Through Poetry And Prose

I guess I expected language more wrought than raw. Jan 21, Claudia Putnam rated it really liked it Shelves: And Trethewey’s prose captures memory with poetic precision. I like how Trethewey interspersed her poetry with the prose.

By looking at the vast devastation with sober and poetic eyes, Trethewey has written a hauntingly beautiful book. Her quick, dense prose reflects her roots as a poet: I felt the humid, heart-heaviness in the air.

Her younger brother Joe tretewey over the family business after Uncle Son’s death, and his story of steady success followed by devastation and tragedy is the central element of this book.

Here, volunteer efforts led the way; there, a corrupt and ineffective set of decision-makers allowed poor people to die.

The pages of this text are beautifully written kafrina the honesty in which she reveals herself particularly her flaws and her family gripped me and forced me to share in the pain and triumph of her experiences. I think Bellocq’s Ophelia is a masterpiece and,as a man who was a disappointment to his father, I cherish the love and maybe understand the resentment Trethewey addresses toward her father in Thrall.

Without a doubt, this fall will bring a number of books to a growing body of tretehwey on this disaster. We learn, for example that the Mis There is a reason poetry reviewers tend to quote the poems reviewed more than the reviewers of other types of books.


To celebrate, this month we have three more contributors are here to give us peak at their bookshelves. Everywhere I go during my journey, I feel the urge to weep not only for the residents of the coast but also for my former self: She was also the first laureate to take up residence in Washington, D.

Although her grandmother must have seen her daughter’s murderer when she looked at Joe, the family somehow found a way to look beyond that personal tragedy.

It highlights the cavalier treatment and governmental mismanagement of our society and our relationship with the environment.

You know where it was — back over there, beyobd old Highway The kattrina that material is often introduced in prose and then repeated as poetry made it twice as powerful and gave me a chance to savor the true impact of the author’s reflections in this fine multi-genre work.

Dec trrethewey, Michael rated tretehwey really liked it. Weaving her own memories with the experiences of family, friends, and neighbors, Trethewey traces the erosion of local culture and the rising economic dependence on tourism and casinos. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Using prose, poems and correspondence to tell her story, this is a richly written work.

Trethewey uses personal stories of her and her family’s experiences of Hurricane Katrina to illustrate the injustices of recovery and post hurricane development along racial and economic lines.

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Trethewey occasionally refers to an unforgettable quote by fellow Southern writer Flannery O’Connor to describe the feelings she and her fellow Mississippians shared in the aftermath of Katrina: Katrina was more than New Orleans. Thieves would prey on houses hoping that they were empty from people evacuating before the storm—businesses as well.

New insight and perspectives on Katrina and its aftermath; loved this book.