Compiled by Sara Lukinson
21st Century US History / Poetry
Clothbound hardcover with tip-on
6.5 x 8.5 inches
$24.95 | $28.95 CAD
September Morning: Ten Years of Poems and Readings from the 9/11 Ceremonies New York City is a powerful and tenderhearted collection of some of the most beautiful and moving poems, readings, and family memories written about love and loss, remembrance and compassion, all taken from the memorial ceremonies held each year on the anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site. These words carry with them the heart of New York—how the city chose to remember and reflect upon, grieve and heal from, this world-changing event.
In 2002, New York City was faced with the question of how to create a public ceremony that would both bear witness to a national tragedy and honor the private grief, to be held at the site of the attacks. How does a city and its people mourn and remember? How do you give loss a human face? New York chose to create a ceremony based around the sharing of poetry, readings, and personal remembrances. Dignitaries read the words of the ages; families remembered a husband or child, a policewoman, a pastry chef, an engineer. On these September mornings, love is remembered, grief is shared, and memories celebrate life.
This elegantly designed, evocative book, edited by Sara Lukinson, gathers those words in one literary collection. It is also a historical record of the ceremonies, a social history woven with loving, homemade, spoken portraits of some of the people who died and those who loved them. The book includes new drawings by the artist, Brian Rea, as well as a back memory pocket, where one can keep personal mementos from a visit to the site.
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who chairs the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, has written the foreword, telling the story of how these ceremonies came to be.
September Morning: Ten Years of Poems and Readings from the 9/11 Ceremonies New York City is a book of history and a book of love. It will be a cherished keepsake for all who visit the newly opened 9/11 Memorial, and for anyone who wants to turn to its pages in times of sorrow, remembrance, or celebration of loved ones lost.
This publication is an official volume of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. From its participation in the creation of this book, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum earns royalty revenue which it uses to support its charitable mission.
Sara Lukinson is an award-winning writer and producer of film documentaries on the arts as well as cultural specials. She has also written for concerts and ceremonies marking historical milestones in the life of her city and the country. In additional to writing and producing for the Kennedy Center Honors, she has created film portraits on subjects ranging from presidents to violinists, from moviemakers and architects to editorial cartoonists, to the history of music at the White House.