- Storm, Grand Isle
The surf stretchesthigh-deep to the horizon.
Campless pilings creakagainst the mounting waves,
their moans haunting the islandmuch more than the seabirds overhead.
All the way from the Caribbean,new winds climb on shore.
Barren since the horn sounded,blacktopped roads lead nowhere.
Leveed by oyster shells,this story’s closure is too familiar. [End Page 184]
Jack B. Bedell is a professor of English and coordinator of creative writing at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. His latest collections are Bone-Hollow, True: New & Selected Poems (2013), Call & Response (2010), Come Rain, Come Shine (2006), What Passes for Love (2001), and At the Bonehouse (1998), all published by Texas Review Press (a member of the Texas A&M Press Consortium).