To mark this week's third anniversary of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina, three new books of poetry reflect the storm and its aftermath.
Blood Dazzler (Coffee House Press), by Patricia Smith, is a poetry slam champion's chronicle of Katrina told in the voices of victims, politicians and the storm itself.
Jealous Witness (Coffee House Press), by Andrei Codrescu, is a book and CD set, with the NPR commentator's poems about New Orleans' destruction and recovery set to music by the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars and other Crescent City musicians.
Saltwater Empire (Coffee House Press), by Raymond McDaniel, combines the poet's lyrics with the words of real New Orleans residents and text from Shakespeare's The Tempest.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor