The poem below was inspired by the chance discovery and purchase of a paperback edition of Lorca's 'Poet in New York' which had been withdrawn from the stock of the main public lending library in Bolton, England. 2006 sees the seventieth anniversary of

Withdrawn from stock

Withdrawn from stock
(In memory of Federico Garcia Lorca)

I found you in the lost shelves of civilisation,
Between the sunless day and the moonless night,
Blackness was your beacon, pushed into a grave,
Marked by a frayed bookmark, little flag of truth,
I found you standing upright, proud from the rest,
Whispering your place in the history of love and hate,
And when I rescued your body from the burial of books,
The light from the other side blinded me with hope.

Chris Fernie, 2006

Poetry by Chris Fernie
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Written on 2006-08-20 at 19:42

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Ah---a treasure this poem is in itself--bravo!

Rob Graber
Anthropomorphizing a book so strongly strikes me as highly original. Nice job!