The afternoon before I leave New Orleans, I arrive at the Maple Leaf minutes after three, the start time of Nancy Harris's Sunday readings, but there's no sign of poetry. For the moment the poets have joined the football fans. The Saints are playing the Giants in the Super Dome, it's All Saints Day,...

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Katrina was a man-made, not a natural disaster. If that statement doesn’t fit your comfortable idea of the catastrophe , then I direct you to the many articles on the subject, like this one written on the storm’s fifth anniversary by Time Magazine.

In New Orleans we love to complain about Katri...

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What you hear in New Orleans is like no other city’s sounds. Thanks to the Internet, you can listen to life in New Orleans wherever you happen to be.

According to the latest Census Bureau estimate, the current population of New Orleans is just under 379,000, yet we have three public stations.

Th...

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(Mardi Gras Sunday, February 15th)

We had a epic "Sunday Gras": the Thoth parade going past our house was three hours of outrageousness. My kind of parade watching: sit on the sidewalk outside your home in a comfortable chair with easy access to good drinks and good food, surrounded by good peopl...

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The publication party for the Maple Leaf Rag V was held at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans on August 10th. The auspiciousness of the evening being a "Super Moon" surprised no one.

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It's that time. I'm finished with today's work, flailing away at what might become a novel, or making a weekly commit of Groovy or Javascript poetry to my now one-day-a-week employer's repository, or pausing for a while in my reading, or weed whacking, or...

What's next?

Today's particular possi...

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Katrina accelerated the deterioration already underway before the storm. The city already had hundred year old water mains and sewers in a bad state. It's a fine old tradition here that things that are not visible do not receive attention.

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