Beyond Katrina
A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Natasha Trethewey

Congratulations to Natasha Trethewey—Poet Laureate of the United States, 2012–2013

Reviews

"Within this book's quiet thoughts lies a powerful story of things long gone that will never come back. What is lost can only be captured by memory. And Trethewey's prose captures memory with poetic precision."
—W. Ralph Eubanks, National Public Radio's All Things Considered

"By looking at the vast devastation with sober and poetic eyes, Trethewey has written a hauntingly beautiful book."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)


More / Hide

Description

Beyond Katrina is poet Natasha Trethewey’s very personal profile of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and of the people there whose lives were forever changed by hurricane Katrina.

Trethewey spent her childhood in Gulfport, where much of her mother’s extended family, including her younger brother, still lives. As she worked to understand the devastation that followed the hurricane, Trethewey found inspiration in Robert Penn Warren’s book Segregation: The Inner Conflict in the South, in which he spoke with southerners about race in the wake of the Brown decision, capturing an event of wide impact from multiple points of view. 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. She chronicles decades of wetland development that exacerbated the destruction and portrays a Gulf Coast whose citizens—particularly African Americans—were on the margins of American life well before the storm hit. Most poignantly, Trethewey illustrates the destruction of the hurricane through the story of her brother’s efforts to recover what he lost and his subsequent incarceration.

Renowned for writing about the idea of home, Trethewey’s attempt to understand and document the damage to Gulfport started as a series of lectures at the University of Virginia that were subsequently published as essays in the Virginia Quarterly Review. For Beyond Katrina, Trethewey has expanded this work into a narrative that incorporates personal letters, poems, and photographs, offering a moving meditation on the love she holds for her childhood home.

A Sarah Mills Hodge Fund Publication

Page count: 144 pp.
12 b&w photos
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5

 

TAX-EXEMPT CUSTOMERS:
Please call 800-266-5842
to purchase books.

Cloth
List price:
978-0-8203-3381-6
9/1/2010
View Shopping Cart

Paper
List price:
978-0-8203-4311-2
6/1/2012
View Shopping Cart

Ebook
List price: $17.95
978-0-8203-3752-4
9/15/2010
Check ebook availability


Natasha Trethewey is the Poet Laureate of the United States, 2012–2013. She is the author of three collections of poetry: Domestic Work, Bellocq’s Ophelia, and Native Guard, for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. She also holds the Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry at Emory University.