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Bikeman MP3 CD – Aug 2008

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423363531
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423363538
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,160,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
On September 11, 2001, journalist Thomas Flynn jumped onto his bicycle and rode to Ground Zero to cover the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. He would soon find himself caught up in the events of that "forever September morning", his life - like that of countless others - changed forever.

Flynn's words paint a vivid picture of the low flying jet, an ominous and incongruous sight as it skimmed the tree tops above him and roared towards its target. His words are equally eidetic as he describes his arrival at Ground Zero, where he sees people jumping from the burning buildings, tumbling like rag dolls to the ground below. The reader, like Thomas, is there for the most intimate moment in the life of a stranger:

"I am witness to this and embarrassed.
I am an intruder on the most private moment
of her life: her death."

Flynn also records the surreal visage of the towers engulfed in flames:

"The flaming tower mocks a colossal lighthouse
built to protect unsuspecting passengers
No, this is not the lady of the harbor
who carries a torch of dreams
It is a barbarian beacon, with no intention
to warn those who see her beams."

Throughout the poem, the reader bears witness to Flynn's struggle to survive, and later, his struggle to come to grips with being a survivor:

"We did not live through it,
we just did not die."

Bikeman is billed as an epic poem in the style of Dante's Inferno. This may sound intimidating to someone who is not a regular poetry reader. However, Flynn's style is very approachable and easy to read. It will be enjoyed by both serious poetry students and those who may be unfamiliar (or perhaps a bit uncomfortable) with the genre.
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