10 September 2010

Remembering September 11th Through Poetry

While there will undoubtedly be countless hours of television remembering the events which took place nine years ago, I urge folks to take a few minutes to read a poem.  The poem is "The Names".  It was written by Billy Collins, who, as poet laureate, was compelled to compose some sort of memorial piece.  I for one am thankful for his circumstance; he composed a simple, elegant piece of poetry.

The poem can be found at several different sites, but I recommend checking out the PBS site (link here).  At the top of the PBS link, there are options to watch or listen to Mr. Collins reading "The Names".  Although at the time of writing the video link was broken, perhaps it will be fixed in the near future.  In any case, please take the time to read the poem and remember.

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