The words you say at the beginning, and especially at the end of your talk, will be remembered longer than almost any other part of your speech. Some of the great speeches in history have ended with powerful, stirring words that live on in memory.
The first line, "you tongued my battleship" both references the commercial for the game "Battleship" - in which the boy says to his sister, "you sunk my battleship! But the poem gains pathos and power with its blues refrain, and confuses any simplistic reading of who is the "us" and who is the "them.
Grievances get melded together in ways that suggest that competing grievances become a vicious circle, collapsing the distance between us and the terrorists. Magee employs the power of grievance even as the poem distrusts its consequences.
The plane is red and loud inside like it must be loud in the heart, red like fire and fire engines and the woman two seats up and to the right resembles one of the widows I saw on TV after the Towers came down.
We are eighteen thousand feet over America. We had to kill someone, I believe, when the metal bones burned and the top fell through the bottom and a cloud made of dust and memos and skin muscled across Manhattan. I remember feeling I could finally touch a rifle, that some murders are an illumination of ethics, that they act as a word, a motion the brain requires for which there is no syllable, no breath.
The moment the planes had stopped, when we were afraid of the sky, there was a pause when we could have been perfectly American, could have spent infinity dollars and thrown a million bodies at finding the few, lasering our revenge into a kind of love, the blood-hunger kept exact and more convincing for its precision, an expression of our belief that proximity is never the measure of guilt.
One poet-friend, whom I admire for his independence, pronounced his utter disinterest in the subject. I respect his sense that poetry could not go there without losing itself.
And more than that: Arab and American, Muslim and non-Muslim, patriarchal and feminist. Worried about their sink, are they? I should worry about my feet! American Writers Respond" Etruscan Books, gathered poetry and reflections by poets and writers, offering an almost immediate but complex response to the attacks; the poems and letters to the editor William Heyen range from the reflective to the angry, from grief to grievance, from reactionary to radical.
There is more than enough to read, to read to remember, and to imagine other futures. The terrorist attacks of September 11, compelled me to rethink everything I thought I knew, and made me want to learn more, to read outside whatever borders I had created for myself.
Not to be more American, but to be a better citizen, a better denizen of the planet. To go global and be local, to go ancient and be modern, to question all certainties and embrace what I did not know, to read Rumi and Isaiah, Rushdie and Roy and even Al-Qaeda, to listen to Springsteen and Kulthum, to refuse the elixir of fundamentalisms, to translate and be translated again by what I could not yet understand.
To tattoo "Oye" on my body. Portions of this essay have been adapted from "Behind the Lines:`How To Write A Poem After September 11th' SEPTEMBER THE FIRST YEAR - ANOTHER DAY.
September 11, Become . You may want to try writing in loving memory poems as a way to dispel the grief and to find alternative healing for your pain. Writing is a great release and opens up more space in .
Poetry. Poetry, how do I love thee? Count the ways in this collection of classic and contemporary poems, biographies of popular poets, plus tutorials on how to write poetry yourself.
"The Poems about the Event or Feelings" deal with the events of the tragedy, written by several visitors to our site. If you are feeling sensitive about the events, read "Omega" with care, out of all of these poems it may be the one that could trigger flashbacks to the events of September 11, With the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks happening soon, now is the time for you and your students to commemorate that infamous day in American history.
We've collected some thought-provoking activities, writing prompts, teacher-recommended resources and . Sep 09, · The poetry of 9/11 and its aftermath. I hung up, and returned to the poem before me, it was impossible not to write about and through the 9/11 attacks.
Perhaps every poem I've written.