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 documentation of brown folks lives. August 18, Had to shut down the motel. See all 33 reviews. University of Georgia Press.

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beyomd Now, because the city is invested in improving that stretch of Highway 49, some residents face losing the right to make decisions about their own property. They brought jobs to one of the most economically depressed areas of the country.

Hrethewey reflects philosophically on place, history, and change, and strikes a nice balance of personal narrative and general informative-ness. 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 memory and forgetting always are. The American Civil War makes frequent appearances in her work. New insight and perspectives on Katrina and its aftermath; loved this book.


Environmental damage to the landscape. This is a crafty weaving of individual experience with historical notions. It is always temporary and there is no way to secure it. Bellocq’s Opheliafor example, is a collection of poetry in the form of an epistolary novella; trehewey tells the fictional story a mixed-race prostitute who was photographed by E.

Supreme Court struck down anti-miscegenation laws with Loving v. The Inner Conflict in the Southin 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. It reflects philos I really liked this book, which I trethewry for a class last year but ended up not reading till now.

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. I learned more about the overwhelming injustices that trethdwey taken place post-Katrina not to mention post Horizon–this book was completed before that second Gulf Coast disaster. I haven’t seen him natashx years, but when I stop in, he gives me a free snowball, and we stand in the shade of a big live oak, reminiscing.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The propositional statements come in that context as she builds, as poetry can, a series of impressions that lead to a conclusion. He’s a man who is proud to have put all his children through college — at integrated institutions.

She is subtle, telling the stories of her family and other disadvantaged people. This book is transfixing. Permits to make renovations and repairs on existing structures were difficult enough to come by, but city officials outright refused to give permits for complete rebuilds—and often, rationale was never given.


Despite this book being mostly prose, personal essays almost, some poems are included. Police issued warnings that if anyone was caught committing these crimes, they would receive a mandatory five—year jail sentence. I think Bellocq’s Ophelia is a masterpiece and,as a man who was a disappointment to his father, I cherish the love and maybe understand the resentment Trethewey addresses toward her father in Thrall.

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Beyond Katrina

Natasha Trethewey’s father is also a poet; he is a professor of English at Hollins University. I’m stunned at first that he has fond memories of a segregated Gulfport, but kateina I realize that he’s speaking figuratively, and I can see the comparison he’s making.

Feb 10, Patricia Murphy rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was unaware of the tragedy that Trethewey included only in her brother’s writing, not her own.

And Trethewey’s prose captures memory with poetic precision. The author shows the devestating results of the storm on poor black Americans as opposed to the money given to rich beylnd.