Sept. 11 Poetry Memorials Examined on Wednesday

Posted: April 8, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Assad Khan

In a slide presentation on Wednesday, April 10, folklorist Steve Zeitlin, director of City Lore in New York City, will discuss the spontaneous memorials and their poetry that New York residents created in the wake of Sept. 11. The event will be held at 5:55 p.m. in the Lecture Hall, Room 1.

Zeitlin will look at the way these homespun altars have become portals where the living and dead touch one another near Ground Zero and throughout the five boroughs. Much of the poetry was written anonymously soon after the attacks. Zeitlin will end his talk with comparisons of Sept. 11 poems to inscriptions carved into the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs and dignitaries.

Photographer Martha Cooper, who captured the spontaneous New York City memorials and murals for City Lore that Zeitlin will discuss in his talk, will speak at 4:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema. The photographs of George Mason English associate professor Peggy Yocom will be on display from 4 to 6 p.m. outside the Johnson Center Cinema and from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Lecture Hall will be the

City Lore was founded in 1986 to produce programs and publications that convey the richness of New York City’s cultural heritage. The New Media Group of the Department of English presents these talks, which are free and open to the public.

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