The American Museum of Beat Art

"An eye for an eye makes
the whole world blind..."
Poets on 9/11

Including Poems by

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Diane di Prima
Robert Creeley
Robert Pinksy
David Meltzer
Michael McClure
Allen Cohen
John Sinclair
Jack Foley
Clive Matson
devorah major
Nellie Wong
Jack Hirschman
Opal Palmer Adisa
Neeli Cherkovski
Lyn Litshin
Clair Burch
Todd Easton Mills
John Sinclair
S.A. Griffin
Gerald Nicosia

An Eye For An Eye Makes The Whole World Blind -Poets on 9/11 features poems by over 100 poets from all over America, including the former Poet Laureate of the United States. This important book creates an alternative poetic response to the din of collective madness that has characterized our national dialogue since 9/11/2001. Many of the poets have projected themselves into the minds and bodies of the victims of 9/11, the firemen and policemen who were searching the wreckage of the buildings, those who threw themselves from the World Trade Center's heights and even the hijackers. They express deep emotions and profound thoughts with the severe attention to detail that makes poems revelatory. Upon reading these poems written by so many diverse poets one sees a deepening of perception, of renewed seriousness about the human predicament and about the necessity to evolve into our full humanity. We hope the poems will help readers feel more deeply, and think about our future, and ultimately act to achieve a more peaceful and just world.

Edited by: Allen Cohen and Clive Matson
Foreword by: Michael Parenti

300 pages 5.5 x 8.5 paperback

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