9/11 and the NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF LITERATURE
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Caroline Bock-BEFORE MY EYES

9/11 and the NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF LITERATURE

Today is Tuesday, September 11, 2012, and I'm marking two very different anniversaries in this post: 9/11 and the Norton Anthology of Literature, both which mark turning points in my life -- and maybe yours?

Eleven years ago, I woke up to the same blue, blue skies that I woke up to today.  Not a cloud. Blue.  That day, I was supposed to be in New York City, running a press conference, downtown, until my ace second-in-command, called and ordered, "Turn on the news. Now."  The skies were clear and blue and then they weren't.
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The second anniversary, talks about what saves us from despair, at least what saves me: stories and poetry. The Norton Anthology of English LIterature is celebrating its 50th anniversary, having published nine editions so far.  I have carried my edition of the Norton Anthology of Poetry with me since I was a freshman in college, schlepped it from one home to another, at least a dozen moves, brought it with me to graduate school in my 40s, adding notes to its tissue-thin paper, losing the cover, re-reading some poems never reading others in the 1,000 plus page tome. I will never abandon it, for it never abandoned me.

"I wake to sleep, and take my waking show.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go." --

opening to "The Waking" by Theodore Roethke
p. 1133 in my edition of The Norton Anthology  of Poetry

And lastly, if you haven't read LIE yet -- my critically-acclaimed young adult novel, now is the time.  

Truly,


2 Comments to 9/11 and the NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF LITERATURE:

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descriptive essays on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 10:49 PM
rest in peace to those people fell victim on that tragic day hope they all are in a better place now
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philosophy essays on Tuesday, October 09, 2012 9:20 AM
books nowadays are not being used by people ever since there are a lot of information shown on Google
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