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.