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Publisher Comments:

I know the occurrence of objects

in this climate. Even music, if left

to our weather, will warp within days.

Conceived in the years before Hurricane Katrina and deeply influenced by its aftermath, Saltwater Empire is a brilliant assemblage of geographical metaphor expressed in original lyrics, text from The Tempest, and the voices of New Orleans:

I come from all over New Orleans. What I feel needs to be said

about this is that everything was done wrong.

As Raymond McDaniel’s poems enter the ecological, political, and religious miasma of the Gulf Coast, their moral, philosophical, and literary complexity offer an uncommonly perceptive look at cataclysmic disaster, human cruelty, and cultural resilience.

God help us we tried to stay shattered but we just got better.

We grew adept, we caught the fish as they fled.

We skinned the fish, our knife clicked like an edict.

We were harmed, and then we healed.

Raymond McDaniel is the author of the National Poetry Series award-winning collection Murder (a violet). A Floridian, McDaniel now lives in Ann Arbor, teaches at the University of Michigan, hosts the reading series at Shaman Drum Bookshop, and writes for The Constant Critic.

Synopsis:

A multivoiced saga of devastation and rebirth in the Caribbean and Gulf Coast.

Synopsis:

Poetry. Conceived in the years before Hurricane Katrina and deeply influenced by its aftermath, McDaniel's SALTWATER EMPIRE is a brilliant assemblage of geographical metaphor expressed in original lyrics, Shakespearean text, and the voices of New Orleans. As Raymond McDaniel's poems enter the ecological, political, and religious miasma of the Gulf Coast, their moral, philosophical, and literary complexity offer an uncommonly perceptive look at cataclysmic disaster, human cruelty, and cultural resilience. "This book is a post-traumatic bacchanal. The revelers are also mourners: they are witches, troubadours, and survivors speaking in one collective voice... These poems are prayers-or spells. I am enchanted" -Rae Armantrout.

About the Author

Raymond McDaniel is the author of the National Poetry Series award-winning collection Murder (a violet). His writing appears in many magazines and in the anthology American Poets in the 21st Century. A Floridian, McDaniel now lives in Ann Arbor, teaches at the University of Michigan, hosts the reading series at Shaman Drum Bookshop, and writes for The Constant Critic.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781566892131
Author:
Mcdaniel, Raymond
Publisher:
Coffee House Press
Author:
McDaniel, Raymond
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
130
Dimensions:
9 x 6.1 x 0.4 in 7.5 oz

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A multivoiced saga of devastation and rebirth in the Caribbean and Gulf Coast.
"Synopsis" by , Poetry. Conceived in the years before Hurricane Katrina and deeply influenced by its aftermath, McDaniel's SALTWATER EMPIRE is a brilliant assemblage of geographical metaphor expressed in original lyrics, Shakespearean text, and the voices of New Orleans. As Raymond McDaniel's poems enter the ecological, political, and religious miasma of the Gulf Coast, their moral, philosophical, and literary complexity offer an uncommonly perceptive look at cataclysmic disaster, human cruelty, and cultural resilience. "This book is a post-traumatic bacchanal. The revelers are also mourners: they are witches, troubadours, and survivors speaking in one collective voice... These poems are prayers-or spells. I am enchanted" -Rae Armantrout.
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