No Brother, This Storm: Po­ems

Jack B. Bedell, Mercer Univer­sity Press (SEPTEM­BER) Soft­cover $16 (80pp), 978-0-88146-675-1

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Gov­er­nor John Bel Ed­wards ap­pointed Jack B. Bedell as Louisiana’s poet lau­re­ate in 2017; if that de­ci­sion is re­flec­tive of all of his oth­ers dur­ing his time in of­fice, he’ll go down in history as one of Louisiana’s best. This col­lec­tion is a trib­ute to Bedell’s na­tive South Louisiana—its cul­ture, tra­di­tions, and land­scape. A pro­fes­sor of English at South­east­ern Louisiana Univer­sity, he di­rects the Louisiana Lit­er­a­ture Press.

MORN­ING, VIGIL

My un­cle knew noth­ing still wants to be moved. He’d cap­tained boats most of his life, learned this push­ing barges around the in­tra­coastal canal by moon­light. It’s why he’d walk five blocks to St. Ber­nadette in to­tal dark­ness to wake priests for week­day mass, why he’d stand or kneel, but never sit for ser­vices, ev­ery part of him flow­ing and vig­i­lant.

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