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Poems for New Orleans

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The indomitable spirit of the people of New Orleans is the focus of this powerful suite of poems by counterculture icon Ed Sanders. The book begins with a series of vivid evocations of key events and personalities in the city’s history, then brings this colorful legacy into the present with the harrowing force of Hurricane Katrina. That natural catastrophe, multiplied by h ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 19th 2008 by North Atlantic Books
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Jan 02, 2009 rated it liked it
I'm not a big reader of poetry (and don't think I've read any of the 'type' found in this volume before), but I did want to read this (how could I not with its theme!?) and I did enjoy it. ...more
Jennifer Collins
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For me, this was an incredibly disappointing read. I love works set in or drawn around New Orleans, and Patricia Smith's Blood Dazzler (centered on Katrina, specifically) is one of my favorite works of contemporary poetry, so I had high hopes for this collection. And yet, most of the poems fell flat for me.

Although some of the poems here are worth admiring for their play with language and history, most of them come across as something more like prose which has been chopped up for effect, or for
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Ed Sanders is an American poet, singer, social activist, environmentalist, author and publisher. He has been called a bridge between the Beat and Hippie generations.

Sanders was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He dropped out of Missouri University in 1958 and hitchhiked to New York City’s Greenwich Village. He wrote his first major poem, "Poem from Jail," on toilet paper in his cell after being jail

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