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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

Some of these poems appeared, often in slightly different versions, in the following publications: “September Notebook,” Callaloo 29:4 (2006), 1035–1037. © 2006 Charles H. Rowell. Reprinted with permission of The Johns Hopkins...

Topographies

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pp. 1-2

i.

Breach

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pp. 5-5

Levee, from the French To Raise

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pp. 6-7

Evacuation

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pp. 8-14

Four Studies of the Afterlife

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pp. 15-16

ii.

You, Author of Weather

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pp. 19-19

Piecework Quilt, Lower Ninth Ward

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pp. 20-21

Vernacular

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pp. 22-22

The Superdome: A Suite

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pp. 23-26

Tear Outs

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pp. 27-27

New Orleans Triptych

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pp. 28-29

Burning/Missing/Flooded/Gone

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pp. 30-31

Dear City

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pp. 32-33

Arabi

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pp. 34-36

New Orleans East, A Cappella

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pp. 37-37

Death of an American City, 2005

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pp. 38-38

September Notebook

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pp. 39-42

iii.

Debris

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pp. 45-45

Day of Commemoration

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pp. 46-47

Write a Love Letter to Camellia Grill

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pp. 48-48

At the Louisiana Children’s Museum

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pp. 49-49

I Spy a Hole, a Crack, a Leak

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pp. 50-50

Bayou La Batre, Alabama

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pp. 51-52

Old Gulf Coast Postcards

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pp. 53-53

Fieldwork

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pp. 54-55

Biloxi Bay Bridge Still Out

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pp. 56-56

Save Beach Elementary

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pp. 57-58

Dauphin Island Field Notes

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pp. 59-60

I’m Starting to Speak the Language

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pp. 61-61

The House on Galvez Street

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pp. 62-62

Disasterville

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pp. 63-65

Monkey Hill

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pp. 66-68

Storyland

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pp. 69-69

Divert the River

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pp. 70-70

Self-Portrait: Concrete, Chalk, Floodwater

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pp. 71-72

Disaster, A Poetics

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pp. 73-75

Compendium of Lost Objects

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pp. 76-76

Notes

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pp. 77-77