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; and several books of literary criticism about ludic surrealists. He is currently working on a memoir of his time spent at Naropa Institute studying with Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs.


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