Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Careworn City

After yesterday's post about the upcoming Disney version of New Orleans, I felt the need to refresh myself with the work of Cynthia Hogue, a friend and mentor who will soon release a collaborative work about Katrina evacuees. Working with photographer Rebecca Ross, Hogue performed a series of interviews with evacuees and produced poems based on those reviews. The resulting pieces are heart-breakingly beautiful. 

To get a real sense of what the city means to its residents and how the disaster affected them, please read Cynthia's pieces at the following online journals:


And be sure to look for the finished volume, which will be published by UNO press in 2010, the fifth anniversary of the hurricane.

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