Requiem for New Orleans

Requiem for New Orleans

by Leon Sharpe
     
 

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"Requiem for New Orleans" is a lament for the destruction of a great city and scorn for those who allowed it to happen. Mike Sharpe writes: "New Orleans was not destroyed by a hurricane but by abandonment." Above all, "Requiem for New Orleans" is a meditation on our ability to overcome loss. It is an interweaving of biblical cadences, black idiom, standard… See more details below

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"Requiem for New Orleans" is a lament for the destruction of a great city and scorn for those who allowed it to happen. Mike Sharpe writes: "New Orleans was not destroyed by a hurricane but by abandonment." Above all, "Requiem for New Orleans" is a meditation on our ability to overcome loss. It is an interweaving of biblical cadences, black idiom, standard American speech, jazz, and the caustic side of protest music. The author leaves us with a question: when will we learn what we must from the fate of New Orleans?

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This is economist and publisher Sharpe's second collection of poems, released under an imprint of the publishing company he founded. It comprises riffs on a variety of styles from that of a formal requiem mass to blues and Whitmanesque lyrics. Best experienced in one reading to "feel" Sharpe's spare, strong folk patterns, the poems express compassion and outrage. As with writers in After the Storm (see above), Sharpe fears that the future New Orleans will be barren of authenticity: "Theme Park New Orleans." Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780765617668
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

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