Hurricane Blues: Poems about Katrina and Rita by Philip C. Kolin and Susan Swartout (review)

Hurricane Blues, edited by Philip C. Kolin and Susan Swartout (Southern Missouri State University Press, 2006)

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Hurricane Blues: Poems about Katrina and Rita by Philip C. Kolin and Susan Swartout (review)

by Rachel Richardson
Southern Cultures, Vol. 14, No. 2: Katrina

Southern Missouri State University Press, 2006

These are the final lines of Mary Leary’s poem, “New Orleans (Big Stuff ),” and they speak well not only for the victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, waiting on roofs or in shelters for help during and after the storm, but also for the voices collected here, in Hurricane Blues. The hundred-plus poems gathered in this anthology collectively seek to bear witness to the great human, political, and environmental tragedy of 2005.