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Sonnet for September 11: written 9/13/01

September 11, 2011

In Friday’s Ventura County Star, Karen Lindell wrote about “how seven local residents – two painters, two sculptors, a digital artist, a songwriter and a poet-artist – channeled their particular variation of mad, sad and overall helplessness after 9/11 into creativity.”

And Art Predator is the poet-artist featured in the article: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/sep/09/the-art-of-coping/#ixzz1XbEXNMYu

The “Sonnet for September 11” was published October 2001 in ArtLife. Read the text of the poem here and learn more about it.
If you’re interested in learning more about me, here’s an article from the August 25 VC Reporter by Michel Cicero.
In March 2011,  en theos press published my 3:15 experiment poetry collection Middle of the Night Poems from Daughter to Mother :: Mother to Son,in print and ebook; it’s also at Amazon.com, and in stores including The Best of VC Marketplace in Santa Paula where I will be signing books Thurs. Sept. 29.

Midd
le of the Night traces my journey  from being a daughter to becoming a mother to losing my mother from the perspective of poems written at 3:15am in August from 2002-2010 as part of the international 3:15am poetry writing experiment.Read more sample poems.Read a review of Middle of the Night Poems by Robert Peake. Read a review of Middle of the Night Poems by Danika Dinsmore.

I will be reading my 3:15 experiment poetry and signing books this Thursday 9/15 at Bank of Books on Main near downtown Ventura at 7pm. I hope to see you!


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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2011 3:43 pm

    Yes, to be able to wear “a purple rain jacket” and a dress. This decade, whew. Nice to meet another local! <3

    Adrienne

  2. September 11, 2012 3:02 pm

    Reblogged this on whisper down the write alley and commented:

    Today is Tuesday, September 11, 2012. On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, I wanted to get some painting done on my house before I headed midday to the college where I was teaching. I called my dad, an early bird, and asked him if he wanted to come over and help. He declined, saying he had some other projects to work on. Then he called me right back with the news about 9/11–and said he’d be right over to help me paint. School was cancelled the next day, and again I spent it painting; it was calming to do something outside, normal, physical. I didn’t watch any of the news footage but listened on the radio for more news. Once that I heard that twin sisters, close friends of mine since 7th grade, who worked for United and American often flying from their home base in NYC to LA, weren’t on those flights, I was greatly relieved. I know many people lost loved ones that day. It changed us all.

    I wrote this poem the morning school was back in session as I tried to negotiate going back to “normal” life.

    What are your 9/11 memories? How did that day change you?

  3. September 11, 2012 3:46 pm

    Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11. ~ President Barack Obama

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2011/08/presidents-weekly-address-mark-9-11-by-serving/1#.UE9bbhj5nCk

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