An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind
WINNER of the 2003 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award
As the swords of war are being rattled, an archive of American poets’ responses to 9/11 and its aftermath has been collected and published in AN EYE FOR AN EYE MAKES THE WORLD BLIND – POETS ON 9/11. Edited by Allen Cohen and Clive Matson, with a foreword by political analyst Michael Parenti, this anthology presents 120 poems by more than 100 poets.
The anthology includes celebrated poets Robert Pinsky, former US poet laureate; Lawrence Ferlinghetti, founder of City Lights Books; Robert Creeley, renowned poet of The Black Mountain school; Michael McClure, beat poet and playwright; Diane di Prima, author of Revolutionary Poems and Memoir of A Beatnik; Coleman Barks, translator of Rumi; and many more poets, both known and unknown.
This important book creates an alternative poetic response to the din of collective madness that has characterized our national dialogue since 9/11/2001. The editors, Allen Cohen and Clive Matson, saw the need to establish a historical record of poetic responses to the events of 9/11. They put out a call through the internet and received, in just a couple of months, over 800 poems from all over America, from which they chose the most illuminating.
Reading these poems, written by so many diverse poets, one sees a deepening of perception, a renewed seriousness about the human predicament, and a sense of necessity to evolve into our full humanity. We hope the poems will help readers feel more deeply, think about our future, and ultimately act to achieve a more peaceful and just world.