I was born in New York and lived there most of my life. In April 2001 I moved to Georgia to stay with my sister while I waited for my NY house to be sold. Six months later we watched the Twin Towers collapse over the TV. I had mixed feelings about not being there. On the one hand I was grateful to be far from a chaotic tragedy and on the other I wished I could be there to help. It was a surreal experience. A week later my house sold and I moved to Florida.
Moving back to Georgia in 2005 I reconnected with my family and built a strong and heartfelt community connection to my new city. This August I was honored to be appointed Poet Laureate of Douglasville, Georgia. My first official duty is to read my poem "Remembrance" at the 9/11 ceremony here at Freedom Island. I am grateful to be able to re-examine my feelings ten years later and to share some of those moments with others.
John Barker from the Douglasville Patch did a wonderful job of videotaping me reading the poem. http://douglasville.patch.com/articles/citys-poet-laureate-prepares-for-...
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