The following is taken from the press release for “Fire Poems,” published in the Fall of this year:
Out of the flames of his house fire Finn Bille has created poetry and collected aid for other fire victims.
Bille’s recently published collection of poems, Fire Poem, deals with the fire that destroyed his house at 504 Fort Wood Place in Chattanooga on March 18, 2003. He and his wife, Jeanne, had lived in the Fort Wood Historic District for 25 years.
A few of these poems were also publihsed in 2011 in the anthology, Southern Light: Twelve Contemporary Southern Poets, Executive Editor, Ray Zimmerman.
The Red Cross assisted the Billes with necessary personal items, while the neighbors united to help them with housing, clothes, and support.
Bille’s advice: Do not leave oily rags where they can start a fire. Enclose them in airtight metal containers.