Academic journal article The Southern Review

Writing Katrina: Ten Years After

Academic journal article The Southern Review

Writing Katrina: Ten Years After

Article excerpt

Louisiana was forever changed by Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding of New Orleans. We talk about Katrina as the storm, but we mean thousands of storms, millions of them. Each person's experience of Katrina is its own storm, and each time a hurricane makes landfall it wreaks its own particular havoc. And each flood, whether induced by nature or man, is its own catastrophe. But in every instance, there is the same process of recovery: there are the days, weeks, and months of crisis, and then there is the longer, harder, more diligent process of rebuilding.

Beyond mere recovery, though, there has been positive change out of catastrophe, notably the many relationships that were forged with people who came to help rebuild and who stayed, expanding the community and look of who calls New Orleans home. And many significant works of art, borne of sadness, pain, and anger, have emerged as meaningful, and sometimes beautiful, expressions of the human experience. …

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