A poem a day in April from Rutgers English PhD students and friends.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

subway talk

Is that a kindle or is that a nook?
I've seen them, but I think they're not for me.
I like the physicality of books!
The musty pages and the lock and key
of tarnished silver; ink that flowed from pens
of monks long dead; the covers leatherbound
in something (human skin?) that moans; a lens,
that helps you trace the whorls of runes around
the thousand maddened faces scribed within,
suspended by a ribbon. I don't think
that e-ink shackles words that shriek their sins
to damn the heavens quite like standard ink.
Yeah. Reading books has always been my passion.
That and Satan. Guess I'm just old-fashioned.

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