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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A sad and natashz book–part family remembrance, part poetry, part history of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The propositional statements come in that context as she builds, as poetry can, a series of impressions that lead to a conclusion.

Where you thought you were going to never was there.

Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast by Natasha Trethewey

May 05, Lori rated katrkna it was amazing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Structurally, her work combines free verse with more structured, traditional forms like the sonnet and the villanelle.

We learn how disproportionally African American people were disadvantaged by the storm and the Republican policies for rebuilding.

Beyond Katrina

I would imagine that if you are not familiar with this part of the country katria may not enjoy the book as much as I did. Weaving her own memories with the experiences of family, friends, and neighbors, Trethewey traces the erosion of katrinq culture and the rising economic dependence on tourism and casinos. Before Katrina, the worst thing that happened was desegregation. There ARE facts and simple declarative statements.

This text is beautifully written in prose and poetry and the in Beyond Katrina is a book that stretches past the devastation of the notoriously famous “Katrina” and digs deeper into the history of the people, communities, and lives of those who live in the Gulf Coast. Beyond Katrina is a powerful meditation on things long gone that will never come back. Poet Laureate in University of Georgia Press.


Quotes from Narasha Katrina: David Wojahn author of Interrogation Palace: One of these men was her great-uncle Willie Dixon, known as “Son” to his family and neighbors, who used his earnings from his nightclub to repair, buy and sell rental properties in North Gulfport.

Thieves would prey on houses hoping that they were empty from people evacuating before the storm—businesses as katrjna.

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Joe, you know that. For a more purposeful look into the history of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and insight into the collective outlook on hurricanes in the region, culture and development, this “meditation” does an excellent job. Home Subscribe Issues Support Us. Whenever I hear her, I stop breathing as does everyone else in the room When she looks up from the passage, it takes a moment to trrthewey the spell.

After the storm, she laid hands on what she could reclaim: It didn’t get as much recovery funding, and what funds were received were inappropriately and inequitably distributed. The painful but ultimately resilient life he and the people from his community embody resonates in this excerpt from one of those letters:.

Somewhere in the post-Katrina damage and disarray of my grandmother’s house is a photograph of Joe and me — our arms around each other’s shoulders. One of two historically African American communities that sprang up along the Mississippi Gulf Coast after emancipation, North Gulfport has always been a place where residents have had fewer civic resources than those extended to other outlying communities.

It is a very personal ethnography on how Hurricane Katrina affected the author and her family. Trehewey poetry serves as the perfect undergirding to her narrative and high lights, magnifies, painfully forces – the reader to understand life before and after dynamic Katrina.

Katrina was more than New Orleans.

Always the poet, Trethewey natasah this as metaphor: Scenes from a glamorous casino karrina like Monte Carlo or Las Vegas — nothing like the gravel parking lot outside the club, the empty lot beyond it, and the small, run-down houses on either side, each with a chained-up dog barking into the night.


Everywhere the names of towns, rivers, shopping malls, and subdivisions bear witness to vanished Native American tribes, communities of former slaves, long-ago industrial districts and transit routes. You will want to read Trethewey’s book of poetry Native Guard either before or after!

Between the two, there is the suggestion of both a narrative and a metanarrative—the way she both remembers and forgets, the erasures, and how intricately intertwined karina and forgetting always are. A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Here, volunteer efforts led the way; there, a corrupt and ineffective set of decision-makers allowed poor people to die.

Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

As Robert Hass has written, ‘A word is elegy to the thing it signifies. Through the mass of the crowd it was hard to tell who was taking things out of desperation and who out of ignorance. 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.

We learn that those who could not pay property taxes because their jobs had drowned in the storm lost their property. I wanted to read more. To tell the story of Joe’s attempt to rebuild his life and the katina tragic act that leads to his incarceration, she mixes prose, poetry, personal letters and what few childhood photographs survived the storm.

Before Katrina, Joe’s life and business is on track. This is a book that speaks truth to power by showing how the aftermath of Katrina devastated the African-American community of North Gulfport, particularly revealing the toll it took on Trethewey’s maternal and immediate family.