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Presentation of Book on 9/11 in Florida by Three New Yorkers.
by Tiziano Dossena Dec 08, 2012 
 From the left, Tiziano Thomas Dossena, Albert Hickey and Leonardo Campanile
From the left, Tiziano Thomas Dossena, Albert Hickey and Leonardo Campanile
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On December 4th, as editorial director of Ideapress, a Port St. Lucie publisher, I had the honor to present to the public, in the marvelous settings of the Civic Center of Port St. Lucie, the poetry book “The Island of Tears”. The author, Giulia Poli Disanto, wrote the profound and delicate Italian verses of this book, translated by Nova Blain, as a tribute to the fallen victims and heroes of September 11th. This topic is enormously emotional and up-to-date, particularly there in Port St. Lucie, where a yearly commemoration is held to remember the tragic event.

Albert Hickey, an ex-detective who participated as a first responder, is the author of the electrifying and soul-wrenching introduction to the book. He is also the organizer of the yearly commemoration and the force behind the erection of the 9/11 monument that stands, as a sad but impressive reminder of that day, in the front square of the Civic Center.

I had flown on purpose to Florida for the event, and I started the presentation with a brief outline of the book and of the author, followed by an overview of the evening. After I introduced him, Hickey had the opportunity to capture the audience with a sum-up of his experience with 9/11. He started with a chronicle of that ill-fated day and relived through the following two years, narrating life-changing and disquieting events, avail himself of a concise, impassioned but sensitive language that captured the interest of the spectators.

After a brief commentary on Hickey’s discourse, I introduced another ex-New Yorker, Leonardo Campanile, Editor-in-Chief of L’Idea Magazine and publisher of the book, who spoke about his personal experiences in the war-torn World Trade Center, where the daily prayers initiated by a priest were the only consolation. He also showed a photograph of the first day that praying tradition started.

With the audience fully attuned to the profound topic of 9/11, I completed the presentation by reading two poems from the book, “The Birds Sing No More” and “The Island of Tears”, very much appreciated by everyone.

I then concluded by asking the audience to remember September 11th as a day that should unite people across the country, and not divide them with hate or internal conflict.

I take this occasion to insert one of the poems:

The Birds Sing No More

The birds sing no more on the Brooklyn Bridge

In my garden rubble and dust

Blood-stain the grass

And the white September flowers

The smile dies on the lips

And the mouth is only a cavern

The nostrils swollen with dust

The leaves redden

The wind goes wild

The myth of the Invincible collapses

Nothing will ever be as before

 
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