There’s a cunning to books I don’t own.
Tricks the eye into slipping
from shelves stacked ‘soon’
where old resolutions stagger
parchment pale and haggard
around uncracked spines.
I play a teasing game,
ply their pages with well-meaning,
find an aged acquaintance,
face new with forgetting.
Thumb their successors guiltily
like a child caught, ear at the door,
and smuggle home each new treasure,
slip it into the seams unseen
and whisper ‘no more, no more’
with every book I’ve ever bought.
Myth of Mirrors would like us to look at our ‘To-Be-Read’ piles and turn them into a short story or poem. There is perhaps a little irony in the mix there as my current ‘To-Be-Read’ pile includes one of D. Wallace Peach’s books. I promised myself I wouldn’t buy any more books until I’ve read all the fiction already crowding my little library, but I just pre-ordered another Sarah J Mass book so I’m not to be trusted. My reading pile is always ridiculously endless, and quite frankly I would not have it any other way. What is better than a house full of book? And different books suit different times of the day/week/year. I will continue cramming as many poetry collections, novels, histories, and mythologies into my possession as possible.
For those of you perhaps looking for a new book to add to your reading lists, ‘It’s All In The Blood’ is available to purchase on kindle, and in paperback. With Covid restrictions beginning to ease in the UK, I might even get chance to read some of the poems at in-person events this year!