Noah in New Orleans
Katie Ford's poem "Ark" is featured in the collection Colosseum (Graywolf Press, 2008). The collection includes several poems drawn from Ford's first-hand experience living in New Orleans through Hurricane Katrina and the initial aftermath.
This poem is short, stark, and sure to violate someone's religious sensibilities—all reasons to share it with you, given the release of Darren Aronofsky's film Noah.
We love the stories of flood and the few
told to prepare in advance by their god.
In that story, the saved are
always us, meaning:
whoever holds the book.