The great storm that was Hurricane Katrina brought poet Gordon Walmsley back to New Orleans. Here he explores the place of his birth and his childhood, delving into its complexities, and the realities of life so long hidden from view before the levees broke.
Gordon Walmsley grew up in New Orleans. He is a graduate of Princeton University, where he studied German and Philosophy. His most recent poetry collection is Touchstones (Salmon, 2008). For the past number of years he has lived in Europe, drawn especially to Copenhagen, Berlin and the Nordic countries; he edited the 2003 Salmon Poetry anthology Fire and Ice: Nine Poets from Scandinavia and the North. In addition to writing poetry he has translated poets from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany, and currently edits the Copenhagen Review.