Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Poetry of Everyday LifeStorytelling and the Art of Awareness$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Steve Zeitlin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702358

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702358.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Cornell University Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cornell.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Cornell University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in Cornell for personal use. date: 28 June 2022

The AIDS Poets

The AIDS Poets

Living with Dying

(p.98) 9 The AIDS Poets
The Poetry of Everyday Life

Steve Zeitlin

Cornell University Press

This chapter looks at how poetry has been used to serve people with AIDS at the AIDS Day Treatment Program, located on West Twentieth Street in New York City. At the center, the wall leading to the cafeteria is lined with poems, many from poets who have passed away. According to Lila Zeiger, creative and social director, the poems show the shift in the city's AIDS population, from the gay men and drag queens who died in great numbers in the 1980s to the many African Americans and Latinos who succumbed to the disease in the 1990s. Lila, an accomplished, widely published poet herself, taught creative writing informally at the center for eighteen years, from the early 1990s until her retirement in 2000. Her goal was to help her clients express their pain and leave a legacy. Lila passed away in 2013 at the age of eighty-four. Her family chose to hold her memorial service at the AIDS Day Treatment Program.

Keywords:   poetry, people with AIDS, AIDS Day Treatment Program, New York City, poems, poets, Lila Zeiger, gay men, drag queens, creative writing

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.