The anthology shares the poetic voices of many who were touched by the suffering experienced by the people of the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy. The poetry represents a multitude of emotions and reactions, not unlike those evoked by the tragedy, such as anger, disillusionment, empathy, increased enthusiasm for philanthropy, volunteerism, and civic engagement. The poems fall under five sections: 'Devastation,' 'Tragedy,' 'Social Distress,' 'Accountability,' and 'Reconstruction, Resolution, and Relief'. While the tragic events provided the impetus for this poetry, the mission of the Performing Arts for Effective Civic Education (PAECE), a civic engagement program, provided the guiding light for the creative project to take shape. This anthology is the first in a Hurricane Katrina Commemoration series, through which writers creatively express themselves and make lasting artistic contributions to the commemoration of the lives and experiences of both survivors and victims of the catastrophe.
Miriam Chitiga is an interdisciplinary global researcher and scholar whose work is centered on investigating issues relating to social justice and empowerment through innovative education. Her international and interdisciplinary work in civic engagement, leadership, and empowerment encompasses a variety of her most treasured activities and has earned her highly competitive institutional grants and prestigious fellowships, some of which have influenced this project. She is a full-time associate professor who has taught a variety of courses in educational leadership, diversity, applied linguistics, and gender studies.
Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction Category I: Devastation Katrina So Many Words Devastating Katrina Swept Away Falling Underwater Breathing Lower Ninth Ward The Saga of Hurricane Katrina: August 25, 2005 It's Chaos in a City Thrown at God's Mercy Katrina, Why? Why? What Troubles the Water Gone With the Wind I'm Lost Do You Care? Tribute to Katrina (Katrina's Honor) Drowning Katrina Consoled Category II: The Tragedy Hurricane Katrina: Life Why Katrina? Cry for New Orleans They Said Hurricane "Badwoman" Katrina Refugees? Life after the Storm Hurricane Katrina: Where was the Love? Blue City Blues Dead Broke Katrina What if it was You? Be Prepared (Katrina is Coming) For God's Sake Where was FEMA? Resilience S.O.S. Lament for Crescent City Do We Really Know? Category III: Social Distress My House My Children are Hungry Through the Eyes of a Child After Katrina Are Your Eyes Open? Ms Lilly with the All-purpose Pot Dear Katrina Lives Have Changed Now The Wrath of Katrina As Water up to My Neck (Poverty) Forgotten A Date with Disaster The Reality let the revolution begin September 10, 2005 Katrina's Sadness No One Knew Lost Poverty The Hurricane What Would You Do? Category IV: Accountability All Men are Created Equal? Does Anyone Care? Where Were You When We Needed You? O Government! Where art Thou? Blinded Freedom Why oh Why? Can Anyone Hear Me? Delayed Reaction Who's to Blame? Hear My Voice Tears City under Siege Category V: Reconstruction Resolution Relief Wetness The Storm is Over Three Months Later Better Times Will Come Call to Action A Direct Quote (From George W. Bush) Evaporated Tear Drops: W. gonna rebuild it white September 3, 2005 Rise Again America's Thoughts Lessons from Chaos Katrina can't be changed Is it Over? Katrina, Why'd You Leave So Much Poverty? Hope (A PLACE called HOME) Katrina Restricted Three Months after the Storm After the Destruction Stand up Again Let's Stand Together We Shall Overcome Cruel Mother Nature Who Done It? Acrostic Poem Katrina, Years Later Life after Katrina Prevent another Tragedy Is There Someone To Uplift Me? A Song for N'Awlins