General 12-18-2001

Jim Moore

addressing recent events in poetry

Jim Moore is a much loved Minnesota poet whose work ranges from the domestic — his sick mother, his wife — to the public stage of world events. Moore was invited to write a poem for the crowds at the State Capitol after the September 11th attack. Commenting on his public/private role, Jim said,

“I have a real unease about the way the public role emerges from inner solitude. But the poems of mine I care most about are the ones that most address public issues. For example, my poem Terrorist Epitaph. It took years for me to write that — I was searching for a metaphor for holocaust. It’s really meant a lot to me to write these poems — and they’ve met with strong response from readers.”