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[The devil comes]

  The devil comes most   

  of the time, this horrendous  

  event advised him by some   

  wile. I give him    

  orders, and sometimes   

  his power is another  

  fundamental change, 

  a dress of green, 

  the cloaks of wind,  


  the dual roles destruction 

  trauma plays, the clatter 

  and fall, the squall. 

  There can no longer 

  be any questions. 

 San Juan, New Orleans, 

 the marine strata, 

 lives subjected, 

 all a coherent taxonomy-- 

 only dead-coloured 

 wind at the door, increasingly 

 powerful, dangerous. 

 The documents no longer 

 exist. Earth’s 

 ecosystems, perpetrators, 

 victims. A blow 

 on the back 

 a perceived one 

 on the arm, no longer 


 they are undeniable. 

 That tall gentleman, the 

 1000 year storm, petroleum- 

 laden salt-air, climbing 

 the wind’s wake, dark 

 water, white foam. 

 I answered him: 

 I will go, obedient, 

 seeking and implicated 

 in every moment 

 and movement. 

 Searise, a God, “Righteous & 

 Holy; a Devil 

 come down in great 

 wrath.”  Dual roles, 

 mutually interwoven 

 hurricane,  storm surge, the 

 burning of one 

 in the chemical 

 fire, slicked water 

 alight. Not of diabolical 

 origin, rather, a last 

 burst of the storm— 

 final wind, quieted waves, 

 the suddenness 

 of nothing, so remarkably 

 escaped unscathed, 


 All still save 

 water dripping from 

 the wrong things 

 onto the wrong things. 

 And the sun 

 insulated from society 

 breaking over the sea 

 that was only last week 


In August 2020, Hurricane Laura arrived in Louisiana. The force of the storm was such that it tied with the Last Island hurricane of 1856 as the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in that state.​​


In September 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Dominica and St. Croix.  Between 2017 and the beginning of 2020, FEMA and HUD had failed to rebuild any houses in Puerto Rico or the hospital in Vieques. The lack of shelter and facilities exacerbated the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

San Juan, Puerto Rico, and New Orleans, Louisiana, regularly experience hurricanes “brushing” against them and even making landfall.  There is something chilling, however, about the devastation and ongoing impact of recent storms, such as Katrina and Maria. This impact is a measure of the storms’ power but also of the way the United States cares for and will tend to its people as these storms become more common.

Referring to 2017’s Hurricane Harvey. There is an ongoing debate about how rare powerful storms were in the past. This is a means to give us context for acceleration 

Globally, the sea rose an estimated 16–21 cm (6.3–8.3 in) between 1900 and 2016. Between 1993 and 2017 the average annual sea level rise was 7.5 cm (3.0 in). The rate of rise is accelerating.

For example, Lake Charles, after Hurricane Laura in 2020, the heart of cancer alley. 

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