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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Contact Contact Us Help. I learned more about the overwhelming injustices that have taken place post-Katrina not to mention post Horizon–this book was completed before that second Gulf Coast d The writing wasn’t very compelling–especially the poetry. Whatever economic base the community might have had because of local businesses began to evaporate when they could no longer afford to stay open.

This is simply a great book.

Moving ‘Beyond Katrina’ Through Poetry And Prose : NPR

Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. For most of us living close to the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Katrina, which struck on August 29,was a monster of nearly mythical proportions, and for my son who was born five years later, the carnage Katgina inflicted seems beyond reality, the work of cartoon meanies with raspy voices and serrated teeth.

I really liked this book, which I bought for a class last year but ended up not reading till now. August 25, 4: For Beyond KatrinaTrethewey has expanded this work into a narrative that incorporates personal letters, poems, and beond, offering a moving meditation on the love she holds for her childhood home.

I think Our new US poet laureate lives in my neighborhood. I guess I expected language more nafasha than raw. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Anthony Walton author of Mississippi: On one of her trips back to the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey noticed a sign in front of a Baptist church emblazoned with this command: Native Guardher third collection, won the Pulitzer inand she was named U.


Would you like to tell us about a lower price? In the initial section, she shows us the psychic scars of the disaster. I had a strong emotional response at various moments. Yet his nostalgia about the days of Jim Crow implies that the alternative hasn’t always benefited poor and low-income people equally and that reforms that should help all members of a society still privilege some people over others.

Beyond Katrina

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Share your thoughts with katruna customers. She is the Robert W. Her poetry added greatly to the understanding she intended to convey about how devastating and life-changing Katrina was to everyone but most harmfully to the poor.

Her brother Joe came to live in the town after his father — Trethewey’s stepfather — murdered their mother.

The author is primarily known as a poet. Perhaps to counter this perception, Trwthewey seems to assume the persona of her grandmother’s beloved brother, Son Dixon — a legendary nightclub owner and African-American entrepreneur — and immerses himself in his Uncle Son’s business of owning and renovating shotgun houses in North Gulfport.

I learned more about the overwhelming injustices that have taken place post-Katrina oatrina to mention post Horizon–this book was completed before that second Gulf Coast disaster.

I owned a motel back then, and all the colored acts had to stay in it. Across Highway 49 from my grandmother’s house and down the street from Tammy’s, Mr. We heard little about the Mississippi coast and a great deal about New Orleans.

Preview — Beyond Katrina by Natasha Trethewey. I was pretty young when Katrina occurred and have never really educated myself on the topic. In his nostalgia for a past in which he had a viable business, he underscores the ongoing discrepancies that have plagued the rebuilding effort on the Gulf Coast.


Although federal funding was allocated to the residents of central and southern Mississippi, government officials and local politicians diverted much of it to the wealthier residents and the growing tourism and gambling industries, leaving behind many of the region’s poorer residents, both black and white. The story-within-a-story frames how she talks about its present, too. Hardcoverpages.

It was OK but I found myself becoming impatient with the meandering and unclear language. Heard Tretheway on NPR talking about the book.

Review: Beyond Katrina

It didn’t get as much recovery funding, This is an exquisitely crafted book by the US poet laureate about the Mississippi Gulf Coast before and after Katrina. 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.

To celebrate, this month we have three more contributors are here to give us peak at their bookshelves. Although the eye of the storm made landfall in Louisiana, the brunt of the winds and the associated coastal flooding was felt in cities such as Bay St. The gambling katrnia was quickly restored and made to draw more tourists in by building monuments of Katrina, but there were many families who did not have such luck and struggled to get on their feet.

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Jan 25, Lauren rated it it was ok Shelves: The house is in need trrthewey repair, but is— for nowshe says—still hers. I feel the urge to weep not only for the residents of the coast but also for my former self: I hear it distantly, as through water or buffeted by wind: