I first came in contact with Natasha Tretheway last Fall semester. Reading “Beyond Katrina” was enlightening, her choice to mix genre and media seemed to allow her to tug at memory so gently to bait you as the reader and win you over as a friend. The book of poetry, photos, and prose was also encouraging. I, like Natasha, have a soft spot for the city I grew up in, the city that has betrayed me, loved me, scared me, and (in some ways) defined me.
I was ecstatic to hear that Natasha Tretheway was, this Summer, named the Poet Laureate of the United States by the Library of Congress. Not only is she woman of poise, grace, lyrical voice, and success but, she is also a woman who I certainly look up to.
Last week, her latest book of poetry “Thrall” came out and I’m very eager to read it. Of course, I’ll have to wait until the semester ends but that doesn’t bother me. Natasha is timeless.
Here are a few pictures of the book “Beyond Katrina” and my favorite poem from the book “Benediction”. If you have loved a city, lost a city, and loved it again this book will quickly be your go to book to remind you of the things that leave us and the things that seem to stay.
Happy reading & many blessings to Natasha! Somewhere, more young women and even girls, are picking up their pens inspired by Ms. Tretheway’s skill, style, and life as a poet.