40 MINUTES AND 33 SECONDS rewritten
- As Allen Ginsberg was known as the Beat poet, John Cage was the Silent
composer. His most famous work is 4' 33" of Silence.
I published a lot of Cage's writing. On the morning of 11 September
2001, I had it all in the Kinko's on Reade Street, and was determined
to make it into a book. But the building shook. I said to myself, "Gas
explosion. Someone's been careless." I looked out the window. There
were flames a couple blocks south. Damn careless! I resumed my work
with greater care. Eventually there was another explosion. Parts of
the World Trade Center bounced off the window. People outside were
running. Only the cashier and I remained in Kinko's. "Oh my God," she
said on her cell. "Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God."
I danced the John Cage Waltz starting precisely at 3:00pm 26 April
2008 at the southern foot of Trinity Place and then concluding north
of there in the middle of James Street at 3:40.33pm. I walked silently
past the site of the WTC. It was a mediation and a mourning. I mourn
John Cage and my mother who died March 6 and the victims of 9/11 and
the many more victims of miasmal America's horrible revenge.
I walked to a waltz composed by Elodie Lauten. I entered St James
Church at the last second.