• This article focuses on three post-9/11 meta-poems – “My Wife Says Don’t Write About September 11th” by Ryan G. Van Cleave, “How to Write A Poem After September 11th” by Nikki Moustaki and “To the Words” by W. S. Merwin – to demonstrate the point that the current scholarly understanding of post-9/11 aesthetics as something functioning like a catalyst at the border-zone between the symbolic and the experiential, is inadequate and simplistic. Based on a careful analysis of the three poems, my article asserts that though this idea is true and represents a remarkable feature of post-9/11 aesthetics, such function is sometimes the result of a long complex process of signification, sometimes supported by the presence of other rhetorical levels and sometimes characterized by the complete absence of the symbolic level. The ultimate message of this article is that the three meta-poems participate in the fundamental poetic search for abstract reality.