A Night of Poetry to Take Place at 9/11 Museum

A Night of Poetry to Take Place at 9/11 Museum

Photo of Noel Quiñones and Rosebud Ben-Oni.

A special presentation of Galway Kinnell’s poem, “When the Towers Fell,” by juniors and seniors from Stuyvesant High School, will take place at the 9/11 Memorial Museum on Tuesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m.

The poem reflects on the death and destruction left in the wake of the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 and was first published in Sept. 2002 in The New Yorker. In that issue, The New Yorker’s poetry editor Alice Quinn interviewed Kinnell, who lived near the Twin Towers for more than twenty years.

“I saw them every day. [The towers] are very much part of the New York I know,” Kinnell remarked in the interview.

The presentation of “When the Towers Fell,” will be followed by curated readings by Rosebud Ben-Oni and Noel Quiñones, and a conversation with Alice Quinn, the executive director of Poetry Society of America.

Attendees of this program are also invited to view the museum’s special exhibition, “Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11,” from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tickets to this program are free, but registration is required. Those unable to attend, may watch it live at 911memorial.org/live.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff