The author of 'A Thousand Miles From Nowhere' talks about finding a new home after Hurricane Katrina and paying tribute to his literary heroes.
by Ronald M. Gauthier His little sister slipped and spilled words bubbling with family secrets, and now he could get expelled from the Richard Wright Academy, a special charter school that had a coveted waiting list to get in. His usually tough young face
Printed in recognition of the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Breakwater by Lydia Ondrusek Break, water on stones lifting from the sea, earth’s very arms, hands cupped; and we, small birds, held safe. Break, water, on. Truth obeys no tide, we cannot change it, only try to understand - only sit on truth, together, looking out across the water. Only sit on truth, our feet wet, dreaming of the sky. Demitasse by Lydia Ondrusek If I believed in reincarnation, she says, I’d think I used to live in New Orleans every cast iron railing makes me think of home my hand remembers flowers twisting, muscle around bone when I bite into a moment, she says powdered sweetness drifts hangs in the air, sparkling like this rain it settles on me anoints me as a child of God Listening to her I hear a paddlewheel stirring water and the clop of hooves the car horns become a jazz symphony no one hears but me and maybe her She raises her umbrella as the light changes; hips swaying like a dancer, sashays to the other side Lydia Ondrusek lives in Richardson, Texas, and often writes about Southern experiences and locations. She has had fiction and poetry published online and in print since 2008 in a diverse range of publications that include Flash Fiction Online and Falling Star Magazine. Her new story "Help Wanted" is included in Beast Within 2: Predator & Prey
by Erin Z. Bass Today is the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. This deadly hurricane made landfall as a Category 3 the morning of August 29, 2005, near Buras, Louisiana. Almost 2,000 people died as a result, making Katrina the deadliest U.S. hurricane since 1928. Some residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are still displaced after the storm and may be remembering Katrina in other locations across the country today. For those who have moved back to New Orleans and towns like Biloxi (pictured are "steps to nowhere," all that remain from a house located across from the beach there) and Gulfport, Mississippi, it's been a week of remembering and rebirth. President Obama will give remarks at Xavier University this afternoon regarding the anniversary, and a commemoration and march were held in the lower Ninth Ward earlier this morning. This afternoon in Gulfport, Gov. Haley Barbour hosts a memorial event. Exhibits related to the storm were also announced this week, including The Historic New Orleans Collection's "Katrina + 5: Documenting Disaster" on display now and the Louisiana State Museum's "Living With Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond," which includes one man's rescue boat and Fats Domino's storm-ravaged piano, opening Oct. 26. No matter