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One of our nest poets on memory, loss,and recovery in the wake of Katrina
is poet Natasha Trethewey’s very personal prole o theMississippi Gul Coast and o the people there whose lives were oreverchanged by hurricane Katrina. Trethewey spent her childhood in Gulport, where much o her mother’sextended amily, including her younger brother, still lives. As she worked tounderstand the devastation that ollowed the hurricane, Trethewey oundinspiration in Robert Penn Warren’s book
Segregation: The Inner Conict inthe South
, in which he spoke with southerners about race in the wake o theBrown decision, capturing an event o wide impact rom multiple points o view. Weaving her own memories with the experiences o amily, riends, andneighbors, Trethewey traces the erosion o local culture and the rising eco-nomic dependence on tourism and casinos. She chronicles decades o wetlanddevelopment that exacerbated the destruction and portrays a Gul Coast whosecitizens—particularly Arican Americans—were on the margins o Americanlie well beore the storm hit. Most poignantly, Trethewey illustrates thedestruction o the hurricane through the story o her brother’s eorts to recover what he lost and his subsequent incarceration.Renowned or writing about the idea o home, Trethewey’s attempt tounderstand and document the damage to Gulport started as a series o lectures at the University o Virginia that were subsequently published asessays in the
Virginia Quarterly Review
, Trethewey has expanded this work into a narrative that incorporates personal letters,poems, and photographs, oering a moving meditation on the love she holdsor her childhood home.
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Interrogation Palace: New and Selected Poems 1982
Natasha and Joe in ront o Fort Massachusetts, Ship Island, Mississippi, circa 1999.