New Orleans Has Collapsed!
In Appreciation of Frank O’Hara
I was watching the hurricane news,
thinking it’s bad but it’s not as bad
as they thought when all of a sudden
it was worse why?? the levees broke
and the water poured through the sexy sweet
City of New Orleans through
cemeteries and jazz
Zydeco and oysters
booze and Blues
balconies and Brennan’s
Black and White
Congregation Named Desire
Queen of the River Excess
did the God of those Righteous Boys
the U.S. of A.
visit this flood upon your sensuous
banks No Noah in these Boys’ plans
Oh New Orleans I love you get up!
From at the last minute
by Estha Weiner
Published by Salmon in 2019
Copyright © Estha Weiner, 2019
MORE ABOUT ESTHA WEINER
ESTHA WEINER is also the author of In the Weather of the World (Salmon Poetry, 2013); The Mistress Manuscript (Asheville Book Works); Transfiguration Begins At Home (Tiger Bark Press); and co-editor/contributor to Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews (Akron Poetry Series, University of Akron Press). Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including The New Republic and Barrow Street, and six poems have been translated into Dutch. Winner of a Paterson Poetry Prize and a Visiting Scholar at The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford, England, Estha is founding director of Sarah Lawrence College NY Alumni/ae Writers Nights, Marymount Writers Nights, and a Speaker on Shakespeare for New York Council For The Humanities. She is a Professor at City University of NY, and Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute and serves or has served on the Poetry/Writing faculties of The Frost Place, Hudson Valley Writers Center, Stone Coast Writers Conference, Poets and Writers, Poets House, and The Writers Voice. She also serves on the Advisory Committee of Slapering Hol Press, Hudson Valley Writers Center. In her previous life, Estha was an actor and worked for BBC Radio.
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