From 2017, I think.




Books

Harvard undergrads

used to read books

on the Red Line train:

Nausea, Death in Venice,

Narcissus and Goldmund.

 

How many eyes nowadays

scan print and paper?

Virtually none.

 

*

 

I’ll still carry

three or four paperbacks

in my tote bag,

the poor man’s Kindle.

 

*

 

When I was sixteen,

I hid a copy

of The Colossus

in my jacket pocket

at Steve & Cory’s wedding.

 

Thirty years have passed

since I bought my first volumes of verse:

Eliot’s Four Quartets,

Rimbaud’s Illuminations,

Heaney’s Field Work.

 

Eliot because it was cheap,

Rimbaud because it was French,

Heaney because Mr Waldron

said he was good.

 

*

 

Sure, I’m as guilty

as the next guy

of checking the iPhone

during a dull commute.

 

But there are times

at home alone

I’ll pick up a book,

an old favorite,

weathered, seasoned,

and pace from room to room

reading aloud

to the four walls.

 

*

 

Wystan, Estlin, Theodore, Marianne,

you wouldn’t be the same

as lucent type on a small screen.

 

You’re most at home

in dead-tree editions!

 

I lift your pages

and kiss the verses

as the priest

kisses the Gospel.





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Written on 2022-08-10 at 08:58

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Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
I consider it just a personal bias, but I do prefer books over computer screens (I'd never consider trying to read a poem on a cell phone). I completely agree that poetry should be read aloud. As with grain, casting poetry into the air separates the wheat from the chaff.
2022-08-10


ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
Just go off the phone ordering five new books histoys
Three of them History's of the time I were a part of!
Ken D. :)
2022-08-10


jim The PoetBay support member heart!
I agree. Yet, here I am, first thing in the morning, happily reading poems online.

I note that you read poems aloud, I do not, which may explain why your poems are more lyrical while mine are stories. We develop an ear for inner or . . . exterior . . . writing.

Now I think of Han Shan writing poems on rocks.
2022-08-10