SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Lifestyle

August 16, 2013

Poems for Boston, after the Marathon bombing

Deborah Finkelstein believes poetry can heal, so she edited an anthology, “Like One, Poems for Boston,” in response to April’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Finkelstein teaches creative writing at Endicott and North Shore Community colleges and leads a seminar at Endicott called “Literature and Disaster,” where students discuss Hurricane Katrina, the Chernobyl nuclear accident and the sinking of the Titanic.

“It’s a very heavy class,” she said. “I’d seen how the effect of something positive in class can change their mood.”

That’s why Finkelstein, who feels it is too early for poets or readers to address the bombings directly, sought poems that were humorous or uplifting.

“It actually was a major challenge,” she said. “A lot of poets I contacted said, ‘I’d love to be involved, but I don’t have anything uplifting.’”

Eventually, however, she received 36 poems, including one from former poet laureate of the United States Robert Pinsky, which express a variety of playful, thoughtful and generous moods.

Several poets from the North Shore participated, including Kevin Carey and Jennifer Jean from Salem State, and Dan Sklar, Margaret Young, Doug Holder and Finkelstein from Endicott.

Contributor Emily Pineau is a student at Endicott, and Alfred Nicol of Amesbury is a member of the Powow River Poets, a gathering of area poets in Newburyport.

“It has a lot of people that are well-published,” said Finkelstein, who also reached out to poets from different parts of the country and included a poem apiece from Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost and William Carlos Williams.

The book’s cover was created at Wordle.net, a website that describes itself as “a toy for generating ‘word clouds’ from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.”

When the words used most often in the poems turned out to be “like one,” Finkelstein knew she had the title for the book.

“Both really capture the feeling of disaster, how we come together during disaster,” Finkelstein said. “Tragedy is not about politics, our likes and dislikes. We are one.”

All proceeds from sales of the book, which is available through www.LikeOnePoetry.com, will go to the One Fund.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Lifestyle
  • Orchid North Shore Gardener: It’s the summer without hydrangeas August "Fairest of the months! Ripe summer's queen, the hey-day of the year, with robes that gleam with sunny sheen Sweet August doth appear." -- R. Combe Miller Q: Can you tell me why my numerous "Endless Summer" hydrangea plants are not blooming th

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dr. Kate: 8 strategies to help your child overcome a fear of bullies Despite the massive anti-bullying campaigns that dominate our current culture, many students continue to feel bullied. The current anti-bullying campaign focuses on decreasing bullying by policing the bullies, but what about empowering the victims? B

    August 1, 2014

  • booknotes0801 Stroll through a story at Danvers library Reading can be good for the body as well as the mind. That's especially true for visitors of the new StoryWalk at Peabody Institute Library of Danvers. "StoryWalk is combining physical activity with reading," said Karen Veilleux, a children's librar

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • frenkel Quick pick: Bring stories to life Bring stories to life Explore and experience the challenges and satisfactions of combining text with images in a four-session illustration workshop, led by award-winning published illustrator Yetti Frenkel at the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • TV Outlander [Duplicate] 'Outlander' brings novels to life vibrantly NEW YORK -- There's an odd believability you find inside "Outlander" that somehow makes it feel true-to-life. Never mind that it's a rip-roaring fantasy. Claire, a lovely British Army nurse on a second honeymoon in Scotland, is mysteriously swept fr

    August 1, 2014 4 Photos

  • Dear Abby: Diabetic friend suffers close call miles away from hospital Dear Abby: My husband and I have a lake house and invited a couple (close friends) to join us for a few days. The husband has cancer and has been taking chemo. We wanted them both to rest, as the wife is his only caregiver. We all thought this would

    August 1, 2014

  • People-Alicia Keys [Duplicate] Alicia Keys pregnant with second child NEW YORK (AP) -- Alicia Keys is getting ready for another big release: her second child. A representative for the Grammy-winning performer confirmed Thursday that the singer is pregnant. Keys posted a photo with her baby bump on Instagram early Thurs

    August 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • Friday's Best Bets Best Bets for Friday, Aug. 1

    Looking for something to do today? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thursday's Best Bets Best Bets for Thursday, July 31

    Looking for something to do today? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • homecoming1 Festivals in Salem and Beverly celebrate cities' heritage

    Salem Heritage Days and Beverly Homecoming, both of which start this weekend, are roughly the same age. "This is the 49th year," said Bruce Doig, director of parks and recreation in Beverly. "The most recent form of homecoming started in 1966 as a wa

    July 31, 2014 6 Photos

NDN Video
Comments Tracker