Friday, October 31, 2014

76. Interview with poet Julie Kane

76.   We interviewed poet Julie Kane as we ate by the Cane River in Natchitoches. Julie is a Professor of English at Northwestern State University and was the 2011-2013 Louisiana Poet Laureate.  She has published several books of poetry, the most recent being Paper Bullets.  Enjoy the chat, and buy her books to enjoy the rest of her poetry. 
  1. This week in Louisiana history. Nov. 1 1966 New Orleans Saints become 16th NFL football team
  2. This week in New Orleans 
  3. history. From the New Orleans Public Libary: North Claiborne at Esplanade Avenue, November 1, 1956 -- The live oak trees on the North Claiborne neutral ground were uprooted so that construction of the elevated Interstate Highway 10 could proceed. The highway project not only took away the oak trees, it also drastically changed the economic and social life of the adjacent neighborhoods. Proposals are under consideration to dismantle the Interstate and restore the surface-level Avenue to once again be the “Main Street” of black Creole New Orleans.
  4. This week in Louisiana.
    Oct. 28-Nov. 2
    Yellow Rails and Rice Festival The sixth annual festival brings together birders, farmers, and spectators for field days, workshops, information booths, and more. Jennings.
  5. Battle of New Orleans  December 5, 1814. NO. XVIIITo commodore Daniel T. Patterson, New Orleans.
    Pensacola, 5th December, 1814.
    Sir,
    I feel
    it a duty to apprize you of a very large force of the enemy off this port, and it is generally understood New Orleans is the object of attack. It amounts at present to about eighty vessels, and more than double that number are momentarily looked for, to form a junction, when an immediate commencement of their operations will take place. I am not able to learn, how, when, or where the attack will be made; but I heard that they have vessels of all descriptions, and a large body of troops. Admiral Cochrane commands, and his ship, the Tonnant, lies at this moment just outside the bar; they certainly appear to have swept the West Indies of troops, and probably no means will be left untried to obtain their object.
    — The admiral arrived only yesterday noon. 
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