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Poetry after 9/11 : an anthology of New York poets
Johnson, Dennis Loy, 1957-
First edition.
Publication Information:
Hoboken, N.J. : Melville House, 2002.
Physical Description:
xv, 112 pages ; 23 cm
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PS549.N5 P63 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PS549.N5 P63 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This collection features the work of some of New York's pre-eminent poets, including Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn and National Book Award finalist Alicia Suskin Ostriker, at a pivotal moment in America's history -- one year after the World Trade Center and Pentagon terrorist attacks. The poems, including many that have never been published before, cover an extraordinary variety of responses to the experience of writing and living in the aftermath of September 11. Some pieces offer eyewitness accounts of poets at the scene; others touch more indirectly upon the events and reflect the sombre resonance of the tragedy's impact upon life in the city. All reflect a gravitation toward the healing powers of self-expression, which were visible everywhere in the days after the attacks: on the walls of the firehouses, in letters to the editor at local newspapers, even scrawled in the dusty ash covering lower Manhattan.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

"There were, in the immediate aftermath, poems everywhere"Don 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 Caf 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. (Sept. 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.