The Dirty Side of the Storm (Paperback)

By Martha Serpas

W. W. Norton & Company, 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.