The text and audio of my poem "Atonement" is featured today at VerseWrights. This poem began while I was watching the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel at a cinema in London in 2007. I wrote fragments of the first few stanzas sitting in the drizzle on a bench in Leicester Square, worried that I would lose the lines. It was finished some weeks later back in America. The poem is dedicated to the memory of Christopher Jason Siddons. Many thanks to VerseWrights editor Carl Sharpe for his support.


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