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This week Kurt Andersen reflects on the tragedy of September 11th with writer Marie Ponsot and composer John Corigliano. They talk about the place of art in a world with war, suffering and anger, and how art has shaped the city of New York. Ponsot reads W.H. Auden's poem "September 1, 1939," and we hear from Corigliano's symphony that he wrote in response to the AIDS epidemic.
Marie Ponsot is a poet, writer, and native New Yorker. She recently published The Bird Catcher, a collection of poems.
John Corigliano is a composer who has written scores for films including The Red Violin, as well as his own compositions.