In the poem Side Effects, Beth SKMorris retells the thoughts of a rescue fireman, in heartbreaking fashion, who takes a break from the burning 'human methane' to change his attire and rush back to 'the pile'. With resounding clarity and undeterred determination, Beth SKMorris describes her journey as a volunteer for the WTC Ground Zero Relief Project, Spring Street Warehouse, which worked to provide and deliver tools, equipment, and health and safety and comfort supplies to the first responders working in the ruins of the 9/11 tragedy.
In the Aftermath - 9/11 Through a Volunteer's Eyes is a series of poems in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the devastating incident of the fall of the twin towers on 9/11. The book follows the stories of hundreds of lives that were impacted deeply due to this tragedy of epic proportions. Beth's words are powerful and they delve deep into the private lives and personal losses that the families affected by the tragedy felt and fought through. She weaves her past experience as a volunteer beautifully with the stories of the people she interacted with and delivered supplies to at the Ground Zero site. Stories of collective loss, hardship, bravery and unending resilience of Americans are brilliantly captured and retold as carefully crafted poetry as all of America came together to help and support each other.
This book deals with the themes of loss, death, family, and the heartbreaking reality of tragedies such as those in the wake of 9/11. Beth SK Morris's poems pay tribute to all the people affected: those who lost their lives, those who survived, those who mourned, those who helped restore, and those who prayed. If you want a powerful and authentic collection of poems, In the Aftermath - 9/11 Through a Volunteer's Eyes by Beth SK Morris is the perfect commemoration of the display of sacrifice and kindness in what was among the darkest recesses of American history.