Subject: Re: poem because I don't know what else to do...
From: Suzanne Morine (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Sep 16 2001 - 23:13:02 GMT
At 12:50 PM 9/15/2001 -0400, Tim O'Connor wrote:
>On Sat, Sep 15, 2001 at 10:17:30AM +0800, Will Hochman wrote:
> >I will continue to believe that art
> > can be a vital element in our lives and is essential in times like
> > these...
>The important thing to do with "art" -- public or private, political
>or not -- is to keep doing it, keep at it.
I totally agree. I'm in Colorado and I and others seem irritable. We are
not even in NY. I have found writing to be something I need to do and it
can spur thought on the spot or hours later. I am very relieved by this fact.
By the way, most of my growing up years were in NJ, and we visited the top
of one of the towers in the summer of 1977. I don't remember the elevator
going up or down. I definitely remember the view, though. The carpeting was
blue. I think there were viewer things like on the shores, where you put a
coin in and get magnified views for a set period of time. It was amazing
just to look out the window, though. And scary.
>To me, "Dear God, Life is
>Hell" speaks volumes about the human condition. Is it public or
>private "art"? Certainly, the "low-level Nazi official" was writing
>it privately, but by virtue of its being found as Nazi booty it became
>in a sense a public statement about the war, however unintentional.
That is mixed in all of my processing. This awful messiness and confusion
of being human. Who has the answers? This morning I happened upon this ABC
News special where they had kids asking questions and people were trying to
answer them. Some of the teens were talking about how everyone has a
perspective and pray to god to help their side: is god choosing sides? The
terrorist act looks like David throwing a stone at Goliath. The kid who
brought that up said David prayed to god before slaying Goliath. Those kids
were pretty smart.
The younger kids, it was funny, some of them, you could tell were repeating
what their parents and/or teachers had said, but it made them look real
brainy. Big words, phrases like "people of different cultures." It was
weird to see 8-10 year olds speaking like that without prompting.
The top concerns of the kids were air safety, the question of why?, feeling
unsafe in general (they feel afraid when they see a plane). The topic of
hate and intolerance kept coming up, too.
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