A really good 9/11 Poem

A successful last line is as necessary for a poem to work as a successful any other line, but some poems have one of those fabulously unexpected and (often) devastating/uplifting last lines. The kind of line that kind of ka-pows you even as it lands softly.

Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota” by James Wright and Rilke’s “Archaic Torso of Apollo” are the two classic examples.

Photograph from September 11” by Wislawa Szymborska is another one of those poems with a perfect, an unexpected and exactly right, last line.  And it’s one of the few really excellent 9/11 poems I’ve come across.


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2 thoughts on “A really good 9/11 Poem

  1. […] I write the poem.” This last line doesn’t quite qualify as one of those surprising devastating/uplifting last lines I like, but it is a nice move that elicits just a snort of laughter, and I think it brings the whole […]

  2. […] (This is from a piece about “Dedication for a Plot of Ground” which has one of those killer last lines.) […]

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