Not Everything in New York is Poetry

by Kirby Olson (September 2020)

 


With the Smoke of Fires, Edward Okun, 1916

 

 

“…little Eichmanns…”

 

The World Trade Center;

hit that day with two airliners,

smokes its inhabitants like a cigarette,

illuminating

          the jumpers

          who had no time for lunch,

and who slipped off the side

                                      into the breach,

where no net could possibly save them.

 

 

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Kirby Olson is a tenured English professor at SUNY-Delhi in the western Catskills. His books include a novel (Temping), about an English professor who starts a circus in Finland; a book of poems entitled Christmas at Rockefeller Center

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