It’s National Poetry Day here in the UK so I thought it worth drawing attention to a particular poem that I came across on September 11th this year.
The poem titled ‘A Moment of Silence, Before I Start This Poem’ is by Emmanuel Ortiz and was written in 2002. It draws attention to selective remembrance and the silenced stories of tragedy that are never told or remembered in the ‘West’.
And if this is a 9/11 poem, then:
This is a September 11th poem for Chile, 1971.
This is a September 12th poem for Steven Biko in South Africa,
This is a September 13th poem for the brothers at Attica Prison,
New York, 1971.
This is a September 14th poem for Somalia, 1992.
This is a poem for every date that falls to the ground in ashes
It’s worth a read
or if you want you can watch the author reading it in the video below.