"Restless and Elsewhere" / by Poetry Lab

From Ladies Night, October 2013

Read “Katrina” from Patricia Smith's Blood Dazzler 

Write a persona poem in the voice of a natural object or occurrence such as a storm or a mountain. Can be specific: Shovelnose guitarfish, or general: ocean. 


Katrina

BY PATRICIA SMITH

I was birthed restless and elsewhere

gut dragging and bulging with ball lightning, slush,
broke through with branches, steel

I was bitch-monikered, hipped, I hefted
a whip rain, a swirling sheet of grit.

Scraping toward the first of you, hungering for wood, walls,
unturned skin. With shifting and frantic mouth, I loudly loved
the slow bones

of elders, fools, and willows.