When I first went to read Sharon Old’s’ poem, “September, 2001,” I was expecting it to be a lot more “engaging” than it actually was. The title gave me the impression that it was going to be more about September 11th in general rather than her personal experiences. Looking back at some of the other poems we read by Olds, this makes sense because her poems do tend to be more personal as opposed to about general topics. There are instances that refer to the broader aspects of the event but the majority of the poem revolves around how she felt about it and what she did to cope. This got me thinking about the definition of engaging poetry and whether or not some of the poems in the book fit those definitions. After doing more research on this type of poetry I found that the definition is a lot broader than I first thought.