Poem for Wednesday - Natasha Trethewey

I am a huge fan of Natasha Tretheway's poetry. I even like her prose. Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississipi Gulf Coast.  Her book Bellocq's Ophelia was a great help to me when I was writing The Alchemist's Kitchen poems, especially the poems on the life of Myra Albert Wiggins. Here is a simple, yet not so simple poem from Trethewey care of Poets & Writers.

Vespertina Cognito
 Natasha Trethewey 

Overhead, pelicans glide in threes—
     their shadows across the sand
          dark thoughts crossing the mind.

Beyond the fringe of coast, shrimpers
     hoist their nets, weighing the harvest
          against the day's losses. Light waning,

concentration is a lone gull
     circling what's thrown back. Debris
          weights the trawl like stones.

All day, this dredging—beneath the tug
     of waves—rhythm of what goes out,
           comes back, comes back, comes back.


  1. I also like Trethewey's poetry very much.

    She was interviewed on NPR in August.

  2. Thanks, Maureen. I will look for the interview.


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