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The Twin Towers:
A Personal History in Four Parts

Erika Dreifus
The University

AUGUST 7, 1974

I am five years old. Each morning a yellow van stops in front of our south Brooklyn apartment building. On the ride over to my summer camp in Manhattan Beach...

News Advisory: CUNY Students Join 911 Families at Memorial Service

The University

On the seventh anniversary of the 911 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, students from The City University of New York stood side by side with family and friends of those who perished...

Two Days After:
in New York City and The World

Estha Weiner
City College

Finally, some sun
from my fire escape
terrace- I look out
on another roof-
astro-turfed, lounge-chaired,
picnic-tabled, planted-
see the sculptor...

New York American Spell

Tom Sleigh
Hunter College


What was going on in the New York American
Black/red/green helmeted neon night?
The elevator door was closing behind us, we were the ones...

The New Century

Linsey Abrams
City College

Living in New York, you think you’ve seen everything.

Not that 14th Street, your street, had seemed a likely
frontier. You knew global warming was going to flood...

Path Station/
After Path Station

John Reid Currie
Queens College

8:09:15 A.M.

our other argument explodes riding the train
whispering like coal, our quiet descent
Manhattan today, I get the F downtown...

The Conquerors

L.S. Asekoff
Brooklyn College

In the Dream of Almost-Perfect-Peace
You wave out the window to your enemy
Who looks up from his cup of coffee, the blue flicker
of morning news...

The Guy in the Blue Suit/

Ann Rosenthal
Queens College

From my office window I saw this guy in a blue suit walk out of one of the dark clouds. He looked like he just got off the elevator and found himself on the wrong floor. Then he disappeared into the sky...

September Notebook/

Nicole Cooley
Queens College

Like the magic porridge that takes
over the town, pours through the village,

fills, then empties, the streets...

The Narrow Road to the Interior

Kimiko Hahn
Queens College

Overtaking the crisp air, from across the Bay blow pages of documents and
     ashes of terror...

Late, There was an Island
(A Poem Cycle)

Meena Alexander
Graduate Center/
Hunter College

1. Aftermath

There is an uncommon light in the sky
Pale petals are scored into stone.

I want to write of the linden tree
That stoops at the edge of the river...

In Memoriam
The 9/11 Tragedy

Kim Santoiemma
Lehman College

I have come to realize that events occur without warning.

Circumstances transpire with consequences that we are unaware of...


Maria Terrone
Queens College

I. August 21, 2001

A week after the silent attack
beneath the maple tree, the sidewalk stain...

Anything Can Happen Day-- September 11, 2001

Karen Beatty
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

I left for work a few minutes after 9 am, fully appreciative of the blue skies and unusually warm sunshine for a mid September day in New York City...

Towers of Light

W. H. Gallagher

Staff, School of Education
Brooklyn College

A heart that is broken is also open. There is no “closure” when life is undone...