Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Beyond Katrina is poet Natasha Trethewey?s very personal profile of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and of the people there whose lives were forever changed by hurricane Katrina. Trethewey spent her childhood in Gulfport, where much of her mother?s extended family, including her younger brother, still lives. As she worked to understand the devastation that followed the hurricane Beyond Katrina is poet Natasha Trethewey?s very personal profile of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and of the peopl...

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Title:Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Author:Natasha Trethewey
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:144 pages pages

Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Reviews

  • Lori
    May 05, 2011
    I liked how she wrote about her brother against the back drop of Katrina and the rebuilding afterwards. A story we don't hear or read about. A documentation of brown folks lives. ...
  • Debbie Howell
    Jul 25, 2012
    A sad and lovely book--part family remembrance, part poetry, part history of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It reads like a letting go, a grieving, and I think the strength of the book is how Natasha Trethewey evokes the way a place can form so much of our identity. Trethewey was recently...
  • Sonya Huber
    Nov 14, 2010
    Pulitzer Prize winning poet writes soaring and thoughtful nonfiction on the meaning of Hurricane Katrina, its impact specifically on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and the meaning of memorialization and erasure of natural disaster, woven with memoir about the storm's impact on her family ...
  • Michael
    Dec 03, 2012
    This book surprised me a bit. It wasn?t what I expected. It was a good read reminding us that New Orleans was not the only place (or people) devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The Gulf Coast paid a heavy toll - which she reveals a bit through the voice of her grandmother and her brothe...
  • Jason Robinson
    Feb 12, 2017
    3.5 stars. I like how Trethewey interspersed her poetry with the prose. ...
  • Erika Kimberly
    Jan 30, 2012
    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. We see how life was before, during, and after Katrina whipped wild winds and dump...
  • Angela
    Dec 14, 2010
    moving, raw, hopeful, pained, reflective, insightful = all adjectives I would use to describe Natasha Trethewey's Beyond Katrina. 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 d...
  • Michael P.
    Jan 07, 2015
    There is a reason poetry reviewers tend to quote the poems reviewed more than the reviewers of other types of books. Poets sometimes write indirectly, allowing readers to infer ideas through choice of words, images, line breaks, and sometimes what is not said. In jazz, they call this t...
  • Lauren
    Jan 25, 2012
    Part of my reaction to this book was due to my misunderstanding of its premise; I thought it would be more of a historical or sociological look back at the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast, but it was more of a memoir or essay combined with poetry. It was OK but I found m...
  • Brina
    Feb 20, 2019
    Natasha Trethewey is the former Poet Laureate of the United States. She won the Pulitzer for her Native Guard poetry which features imagery of the history of the Gulf Coast region. Evoking telling passages of the history of Mississippi dating back to the antebellum period, Trethewey is...
  • Darryl
    Jun 28, 2012
    Natasha Trethewey, the newly selected Poet Laureate of the U.S. and current professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University, wrote this book, a combination of memoir, history and elegy, about her family and other residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which was decimate...
  • Kathleen
    Mar 14, 2017
    This book is gorgeous and wistful -- and, if you have any doubt about the relentlessness of racial inequality in the U.S. as well as the cyclical nature of history, former U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey paints a vivid and nuanced picture using prose, poetry and photographs. ...
  • Claudia Putnam
    Jan 21, 2015
    This is an exquisitely crafted book by the 2012-2014 US poet laureate about the Mississippi Gulf Coast before and after Katrina. Trethewey uses her family's history in the area as a lens and to establish her deep ties. The Mississippi Coast has not received enough press...say Katrina a...
  • T.
    May 22, 2011
    The writing wasn't very compelling--especially the poetry. I guess I expected language more wrought than raw. But this is such an important testimony. I had a strong emotional response at various moments. I felt the humid, heart-heaviness in the air. I understood this book as witness t...
  • Liza
    Jun 20, 2013
    I'm always happy when I find a nonfiction book to share that has a strong voice and powerful narrative. Most of the time when you hear the word "Katrina," you immediately think about New Orleans, but instead Trethewey wants you to know how this affected the lives of those outside of Ne...
  • Charles
    Jul 10, 2012
    I enjoyed reading this reflection of the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and the results of Hurricane Katrina. I would imagine that if you are not familiar with this part of the country you may not enjoy the book as much as I did. As a frequent visitor to the area I could picture many of the...
  • Sandra
    Aug 02, 2012
    Our new US poet laureate lives in my neighborhood. I have heard her read on several occasions at the Decatur Book Festival every Labor Day weekend. This year she will be that event's key note speaker. Whenever I hear her, I stop breathing as does everyone else in the room When she look...
  • Bonnieb
    May 15, 2017
    After hearing Natasha Trethewey speak at the U of I, I was excited to read this combined narrative/poetry book of her reflections, experiences, and feelings about Katrina and other human and natural disasters. New insight and perspectives on Katrina and its aftermath; loved this book. ...
  • Soleil
    Jan 17, 2019
    Read for achool and really like it. Real, thought provoking, and also filled with poesm ...
  • Taryn
    Jan 25, 2017
    This book is transfixing. It shows the reality of how one thing leads to another. The layers of what is life, life in Mississippi. ...
  • Chris Koslowski
    Jan 25, 2015
    -Casinos! A part of the gulf I knew about but hadn't really thought about. Their boon and bust. The continuing of old traditions but also pushing other old traditions out. Environmental damage to the landscape. -Muddied, wandering timeline. Memory's imperfection. -How quickly s...
  • Michael Brockley
    Jan 02, 2018
    Natasha Trethewey is one of the hundreds of posts who reside in my top ten list of favorite poets, I have such lists for fiction and non-fiction authors too. I've always appreciated Trethewey's facility with creating volumes of poetry that transcend my perception of a poetry collection...
  • Sarah
    May 08, 2019
    2.5 ...
  • Theresa Malloy
    Feb 07, 2016
    This book was on our course reading list, but we didn't quite get to it. I read it over spring break. It is a very personal ethnography on how Hurricane Katrina affected the author and her family. The writing was beautifully crafted and interesting. I thought the book ended too quickly...
  • Shannon Ward
    Jul 19, 2018
    There is some very compelling information here about what happened on the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina and some beautiful poems as well <3 ...
  • Linda
    May 04, 2018
    I admire Threthewey?s poetry and the poems added to this memoir were especially eloquent and moving, but I found myself searching this prose work for the kind of depth they offer. It?s a difficult story to tell, the history of her gulf coast family, the aftermath of Katrina, especi...
  • Patricia Coloma
    Jul 13, 2017
    I had the incredible honor of having lunch with Natasha Tretheway while I was doing my PhD at Georgia State University. I remeber her telling us how she got informed about her Pultzer Prize award. This is the first complete work I have read written by her and I understand the inmense...
  • Barbara
    Feb 12, 2016
    A beautifully written memoir of the devastation of the Mississippi Gulf Coast as seen through the eyes of a woman who lost traditions, family memories and homes. The author shows the devestating results of the storm on poor black Americans as opposed to the money given to rich entrepre...
  • Ron Johnson
    Jun 17, 2018
    This was an eye-opening meditation on the Mississippi Gulf. Should be required reading for every American. Katrina was more than New Orleans. ...
  • Martina
    Oct 10, 2018
    I really liked this book, which I bought for a class last year but ended up not reading till now. The author is primarily known as a poet. Despite this book being mostly prose, personal essays almost, some poems are included. I thought they were great and will check out more of her wor...