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Sonnet for September 11, 2001

September 11, 2009

sonnet for Sept 11, 2001Sonnet for September 11

thursday i listen to radiohead
in a new purple polka dot sundress
& i am trying to feel so modern
i search for more warmth for this sunny day
in my air conditioned office & heart
i want to wear my purple rain jacket
i want to ward off rain & fear & dark
i want to keep off terror & attack
i want to make tears & fog slip away
i want to live in a world where i can
wear my old purple rain jacket over
my new purple polka dot summer dress
& with this keep all the bad news away
& with this to find this big world okay

Dated Thursday, Sept. 13, 2001. Originally published in ArtLife Limited Editions October 2001. I posted this broadside last year on this date as well with details and a spoken word audio poem by Juliana Spahr. For more poetry online, check out the category here on my blog or take a ride on the Monday Poetry Train. This was one of the rare weeks I didn’t post on Monday as we were en route home from Burning Man.

You could also come hear me read next Tuesday, September 15 at the Artists Union Gallery in Ventura where California Street meets the sea. An open mic follows my featured reading.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. severnyproductions permalink
    September 11, 2009 7:44 am

    cool reflective poem

  2. fadielajah permalink
    September 11, 2009 5:47 pm

    nice info… follow me

  3. September 12, 2009 11:04 am

    Thanks for the Coleridge comment, hunting for the soul is the great work….

  4. September 13, 2009 1:03 pm

    I love purple polka dots, especially when contrasted against pink. A very modern sonnet beautifully written, me thinks.

  5. September 13, 2009 1:19 pm

    I liked this. But you never disappoint.

    Hope you have a great reading.

    you steal the moment

  6. September 14, 2009 5:42 pm

    Me too, I like the purple rain over the the purple polka dot dress.You do not disappoint…

  7. September 14, 2009 7:25 pm

    Oh my goodness, I blinked and here are all these wonderful comments about the Sonnet for Sept. 11!

    Thank you all so much for the kind words! I’m very happy to know that a visit here never disappoints–that you find something worthwhile when you come by!

    I wonder how we could organize an online poetry train reading? wouldn’t that be fun!

  8. September 19, 2010 11:57 am

    Oh! I was doing some browsing and found this piece and felt compelled to comment but I see I have already! I like :)

  9. September 19, 2010 3:55 pm

    Thanks, Brad, two times!


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