Essays and Appreciations in Honor of Michael J. Colacurcio’s 50 Years of Teaching
Edited By Carol M. Bensick
Sea Changes in the American Crisis Poem from Walt Whitman to Campbell McGrath
PHILLIP L. MARCUS
In 2008, contemporary poet Campbell McGrath addressed the tragedy of the World Trade Center attacks in his poem “September 11.” Throughout his career McGrath has been a relentless experimenter, as the form of his volume Seven Notebooks (in which “September 11” appeared) amply attests. However, in keeping with his de facto role as “the Bard of America,” he grounded “September 11” firmly within a tradition, one extending back to Whitman and Emerson and incorporating almost every important American poet from the middle of the nineteenth century to our own time.
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