Today my mind and heart are with Houston, Texas, particularly those who were dealt a difficult hand twice in their lifetimes– the first following Katrina, and now again with Hurricane Harvey. The echo is startling.

Here is a 2010 feature from the Poetry Society of America titled, “Remembering Katrina.” Today it’s a remembrance and a call, but I thought it would be appropriate to share. I’m particularly drawn to Yusef Komunyakaa’s “Requiem” again and again.

It was such a devastating time in my life, but people were generous in ways that I will never forget. I can only hope that this tragic event might show us more of the same human kindness.

(And below is a postcard that has absolutely nothing to do with any of it, except that I wanted to send some sunshine along to a friend and fellow writer with a precocious 4 month old at home.)


For Jen En 08.29.17


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