26 February 2024
My thanks to the publisher for my copy of this pamphlet
A library is also a portal into countless worlds of knowledge, experience and adventure:
“Oh, I could walk any aisle
and smell wisdom, put a hand out to touch
the rough curve of bound leather,
the harsh parchment of dreams.”
from ‘Maple Valley Branch Library, 1967’ by Rita Dove
With irresistible affection, these poems celebrate the many things that libraries mean to us as we move through the phases of our lives.
The poems are selected and introduced by poet Lorraine Mariner who has worked at the National Poetry Library in London for many years.
Poems by Adrian Buckner, Louise Chandler Moulton, Claire Crowther, Rita Dove, Martina Evans, Edward Hirsch, Lorraine Mariner, Ian McMillan, Charles Simic and Indigo Williams.
Cover illustration by Laura Brett.
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