The Dirty Side of the Storm

The Dirty Side of the Storm

By Martha Serpas

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

Publication Date: June 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.

About the Author
Martha Serpas is a native of Galliano, Louisiana. She is currently an associate professor of English at University of Tampa, Florida, where she lives. Her previous collection of poems is called "Cote Blanche".