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An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind
An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind — Poets on 9/11
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BOOK DETAILS

  • Paperback
  • Sep.11.2002
  • 9781587900341
  • Regent Press

Clive gives an overview of the book:

As the swords of war are being rattled, an archive of American poets' responses to 9/11and its aftermath has been collected and published in AN EYE FOR AN EYE MAKES THE WORLD BLIND - POETS ON 9/11. Co-edited by Clive Matson and the late Allen Cohen, with a foreword by political analyst Michael Parenti, this anthology presents 120 poems by more than 100 poets. The anthology includes celebrated poets Robert Pinsky, former US poet laureate; Lawrence Ferlinghetti, founder of City Lights Books; Robert Creeley, renowned poet of The Black Mountain school; Michael McClure, beat poet and playwright; Diane di Prima, author of Revolutionary Poems and Memoir of A Beatnik; Coleman Barks, translator of Rumi; and many more poets, both known and unknown. This important book creates an alternative...
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As the swords of war are being rattled, an archive of American poets' responses to 9/11and its aftermath has been collected and published in AN EYE FOR AN EYE MAKES THE WORLD BLIND - POETS ON 9/11. Co-edited by Clive Matson and the late Allen Cohen, with a foreword by political analyst Michael Parenti, this anthology presents 120 poems by more than 100 poets.

The anthology includes celebrated poets Robert Pinsky, former US poet laureate; Lawrence Ferlinghetti, founder of City Lights Books; Robert Creeley, renowned poet of The Black Mountain school; Michael McClure, beat poet and playwright; Diane di Prima, author of Revolutionary Poems and Memoir of A Beatnik; Coleman Barks, translator of Rumi; and many more poets, both known and unknown.

This important book creates an alternative poetic response to the din of collective madness that has characterized our national dialogue since 9/11/2001. The editors, Allen Cohen and Clive Matson, saw the need to establish a historical record of poetic responses to the events of 9/11. They put out a call through the internet and received, in just a couple of months, over 800 poems from all over America, from which they chose the most illuminating.

Reading these poems, written by so many diverse poets, one sees a deepening of perception, a renewed seriousness about the human predicament, and a sense of necessity to evolve into our full humanity. We hope the poems will help readers feel more deeply, think about our future, and ultimately act to achieve a more peaceful and just world.

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About Clive

"Penetrating curiosity" is what his elementary school teacher saw in Clive Matson. Writing a poem about the wind -- in Southern California hills behind the avocado ranch where he grew up -- and reading the first page of Joyce's Portrait of an Artist ...

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Published Reviews

Jan.29.2008

"Anyone who's had the creativity beaten out of them at some point in our society's educational system - which may mean all of you - would do well to check out Oakland poet Clive Matson's creative...

Author's Publishing Notes

numbered pages: 286 format: perfect bound, 5.25 inches x 8.25 inches