There was a similar outpouring on the poetry e-lists to 9-11...
...and the Columbia disaster.
So far, poets haven't tackled hurricane Katrina much, and I'm not sure why.
Is it because it's still too soon - there's not enough distance? Yet, the first 9-11 poems appeared on 9-12.
Or, are hurricanes less exotic than a tsunami and somehow less inspiring thing to write about?
I'm really not sure.
So, far I've been too stunned and overcome by the images of suffering to write much on it either. It seems like I'd rather use my pen to write a check to the Red Cross, which isn't a bad thing, it's just a different reaction.
I did manage a haiku before the levees broke:
churning water near the tops
of the levees
Deborah P Kolodji
However, this haiku seems far too tame when faced with today's newspaper photos.