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The Knitting Club
by Kathy Kopp

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Knitting brings comfort at the Twin Towers

All I see out the window is another     skyscraper.
On this floor the ninety-fourth, I stay near my desk.
Smoke blackens the office space like a widow’s wreath.

Remaining calm as a glacial lake in August
finding long tables set up for me and the others
I sit on a folding chair, greet my neighbors on either side. 
They both have big hairdos
used Christmas paper just unwrapped  

We all take out our knitting needles—either neighbor
can help me with my work, both leaning toward me 
to demonstrate, their knitting needles clicking. 

A light chatter enfolds us . . . 
we’re creating Afghans, grey and beige lap blankets.
Settling in for a long morning of knitting
we’re strangely safe, unconcerned like a cocoon in winter. 
While we are here nothing else matters.



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Reviewed by Jerry Engler
Unconcerned like a cocoon in winter--I like that.. The entire poem is filled with wonderful alliterations and descriptions. Very nice and satisfying, like knitting ought to be, good imagery. As a country boy, the idea of a knitting group on the 94th floor of anything sounds other-worldly, but intriguing...Jerry
Reviewed by Tami Ryan
While this may be perfectly clear to you, as a reader, I feel there are too many (different) images here that don't connect - and as I finished reading, I wondered what this had to do with The Twin Towers. Just my humble opinion. (I do like the comparison of the hairdos and wrapping paper.)


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