No Brother, This Storm: Poems
Jack B. Bedell, Mercer University Press (SEPTEMBER) Softcover $16 (80pp), 978-0-88146-675-1
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.
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.