Poetry. With accompanying CD. Born in Romania, Andrei Codrescu understands the spirit of his adopted New Orleans, a city that steadfastly "refuses to conform to anything that is known about it." When Hurricane Katrina blew through, the New Orleans landscape changed yet again and Codrescu recorded it all. Now, with the help of the New Orleans Klezmer AllStars, he brings us the poetry--and the music--of its wreckage and recuperation. Racous homages to the Big Easy, spirited laments for its dispossessed, and wry reports of its slow road to recovery, Codrescu's "Maelstrom: Songs of Storm & Exile" is performed on the accompanying CD by the New Orleans Klezmer AllStars--forming the heart of a collection that also honors the artists, lovers, and cultural icons who have influenced Codrescu's life.
Andrei Codrescu was born in Sibiu, Romania, in 1946, and immigrated to the United States in 1966. The author of more than thirty-five books, Codrescu has edited the literary magazine EXQUISITE CORPSE, and his provocative commentary is featured regularly on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. Codrescu currently resides in Arkansas.Author City: HARRISON, AR USA