The Dirty Side of the Storm

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The Dirty Side of the Storm

By Martha Serpas

W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393331431, 89pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2008

An evocative meditation on destruction and creation, the sacred and ephemeral, along Louisiana's coast. In poems that bear witness to the eroding bayou country and its Cajun culture, Martha Serpas venerates a vanishing landscape defined by water sensuous, fecund, and destructive. As marsh turns into gulf, identity and consciousness are transformed as well. Serpas's verses invest paradox with her own defiantly spiritual meaning.