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Letter from New Orleans: Michael Heyman Featured on

We were all wanderers in the water
in the misery and madness
in the solemnity and sadness…
(waiting for the cavalry to arrive)

— from “Song of My People (‘a Katrina poem’ for all y’all),” by Arthur Pfister, aka Professor Arturo

I had been to the Jazz Fest a few times in the early 2000s, one of the teeming masses, stuffing my face with etouffee and oyster po’boys, listening to the Nevilles and Odetta, but never had I experienced the real grit and glory of New Orleans.

This trip is different for me: I haven’t been back since Katrina, and now it’s hard to find a way to express the tragedy that continues to challenge this city.

Read the rest of Michael Heyman’s dispatch on

Read more blogs from the Gracenotes New Orleans 2011 Trip.


Letter from New Orleans: Leigh McLaren Featured on


No Risk, No Gain – Sara Rachele, Spring 2011 Intern

1 Comment

  1. Kathryn

    Wow! Amazing post, Michael. One never knows what they will find on Frenchmen Street, but surely, some piece of authentic New Orleans…

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