Friday, September 10, 2010

How to remember 9/11?

...When a plane explodes into the building
Where he works and, as he watches,
His entire building collapses.
(Robert Cording at How a Poem Happens)

How does one appropriately stop and remember 9/11? Robert Cording's brilliant poem, Life Changes, is an apt place to start.

This work would be a fine example for students to see how imagery and specific details reach beyond the page and move us toward some common remembering 9/11. And the poem has a deceptive ease to it, something that makes entering its world effortless.