When I was an undergraduate in Tallahassee, I spent a spring break or two visiting New Orleans. To some extent, I fell in love with the place, the city, the lifestyle of the Big Easy. Perhaps a piece of me is still there, all the events of Hurricane Katrina notwithstanding.
When I read this Patricia Smith poem, Prologue – And Then She Owns You, so many images flood back in striking detail. Here’s a link, try it for yourself: