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Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Paperback – Illustrated, 30 September 2015

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Beyond Katrina examines both the public and personal impact of the tragedy from the perspective of a writer uniquely qualified to undertake such a fraught and challenging project. She brings to the volume an insider's knowledge and deep-felt affection for the place and its culture, but also an expatriate's sense of wary detachment. On a grander scale, the book is permeated with the sense that memory and the past can only exist as ruin. This book offers continuing evidence that Natasha Trethewey is one of our most indispensable poets, and tell us as well that she is a prose writer of the first order.

--David Wojahn "author of Interrogation Palace: New and Selected Poems 1982-2004 "

Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is more about the storm's sociological and psychological results for the Coast and its people, North Gulfport in particular, than its physical damage. But it's seldom about generalizations. . . . This is a powerful, sometimes painful, book that gets underneath comfortable memories -- wherever the reader lives.

--Biloxi and South Mississippi Sun Herald

By looking at the vast devastation with sober and poetic eyes, Trethewey has written a hauntingly beautiful book.

--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Heartfelt, righteous, humane, "Beyond Katrina" richly deserves to become one of the indispensible Katrina books.

--Mobile Press-Register

With Bellocq's Ophelia and Native Guard, Natasha Trethewey demonstrated an uncanny and urgent empathy for overlooked but crucial persons and events in the American past. Beyond Katrina extends that nuanced vision and compassion into multiple dimensions of the past, present, and future of this immeasurable national tragedy. It is a great interpretive pleasure and a significant emotional experience to follow her as she sifts the personal, historical, political, and geographic modes of experience to reveal what hurricane Katrina has meant--and can and must mean--for the Gulf Coast and the nation as a whole.

--Anthony Walton "author of Mississippi: An American Journey "

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 "All Things Considered "

About the Author

Natasha Trethewey was the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, 2012–14. She is the author of four collections of poetry: Thrall, Domestic Work, Bellocq’s Ophelia, and Native Guard, for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. She is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University.
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  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 160 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 082034902X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0820349022
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