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Poetry After 9-11: An Anthology of New York Poets Paperback – September 1, 2002

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"There were, in the immediate aftermath, poems everywhere"--on lampposts, in local newspapers, scrawled in the ash covering lower Manhattan. As the editors of this collection note, "straightforward news wasn't enough. There was something more to be said that only poetry could say." It is eloquently said here by 45 notable poets, among them Pulitzer winner Stephen Dunn and Slam Champ of the first Nuyorican Cafe Poetry Festival, Hal Sirowitz. On the days leading up to and including September 11, NPR will play on its news shows recordings of the poets reading their works; Good Morning America plans a feature on this book during its 9/11 coverage.
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9/11 After last year's tragic attack on the World Trade Center, Americans turned to poetry both to find expression for their grief and to assuage it. Not surprisingly, poets themselves turned to the blank page (or computer screen) to sum up the nation's sense of loss. Some of the best efforts are captured in this fine anthology, which represents the work of 45 poets from New York City. Included here are award winners like Stephen Dunn, Jean Valentine, Molly Peacock, Alicia Ostriker, David Lehmann, Rachel Hadas, and Geoffrey O'Brien, but many lesser-known poets appear as well. The tone ranges from shocked to angry to mournful, but overall the effect is one of meditation and of slowly gathering one's forces to conquer fear. In general, the best poems are those that skirt images of flaming skies and falling towers to recount a depth of mourning, as in Valentine's lines: "She would long/ to dig herself into the graveyard, her only/ daughter's ashes/ in her nose-in her mouth." But there is hope here, too: "Yes her daughter will be an orchard/ Yes the orchard will be a forest." An excellent addition to most collections.
Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal"
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Melville House; 1 edition (September 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971865914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971865914
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,380,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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