Belle Chasse-born poet Geoff Munsterman describes the changing landscape of Plaquemines

By Jack Tiebout

An uncle reels in a human jaw out of the Mississippi. Aimless sons of shrimpers go joyriding in the early morning. Juicy creole tomatoes taste like home but are threatened by industry, politics and an eroding coast. These are some of the disturbing, sometimes comical images of Plaquemines Parish conjured up by Belle Chasse native Geoff Munsterman in his new book of poems, Because the Stars Shine Through It. Munsterman is a self-described “Cardinal for life”— a graduate of Belle Chasse Elementary, Middle and High Schools— so the landscapes of Plaquemines Parish, and more specifically, Belle Chasse, are deeply embedded in him.
 

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