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Unique selections of books from our book buyer Paul Ingram. He compiles great lists of books on varying topics.

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  • Paul's Corner: Denise Levertov

    The Collected Poems of Denise Levertov Denise Levertov

    ILLUSTRIOUS ANCESTORS

    The Rav
    of Northern White Russia declined,
    In his youth, to learn the
    language of the birds, because
    the extraneous did not interest him; nevertheless
    when he grew old it was found
    he understood them anyway, having
    listened well, and as it is said, 'prayed
              with the bench and the floor.'  He used
    what was at hand--as did
    Angel Jones of Mold, whose meditations
    were sewn into coats and britches.
              Well, I would like to make,
    thinking some line still taut between me and them,
    poems direct as what the birds said,
    hard as a floor, sound as a bench,
    mysterious as the silence when the tailor
    would pause with his needle in the air.

    — DENISE LEVERTOV

     

  • Paul's Corner: Naomi Shihab Nye

    A Maze Me: Poems for Girls Naomi Shihab Nye

    Your Face Makes Me Feel Like a Lighthouse

    Your face makes me feel like a lighthouse
    beaming across waves.
    We don't even know one another,
    yet each day I am looking for your face.
    Walking slowly among tables, I balance my tray,
    glancing to the side.
    You're not here today.
    Are you sick?
    Why are you absent?
    And why, among all these faces,
    is there only one I want to see?
    Whatever the reason
    Your absence is not excused
    by me.

    -- Naomi Shihab Nye

     

  • Paul's Corner: Naomi Shihab Nye

    A Maze Me: Poems for Girls Naomi Shihab Nye

    I Want to Meet the Girl

    I want to meet the girl
    who does not run her country
    the way I do not run my country
    I want to meet the girl
    who hides in the crowd,
    who laughs into her hand,
    who was not in the picture.
    The girl who stands back
    after being introduced
    by her parents
    in a way she would not choose.

    Who turns her head to the side
    so she doesn’t miss seeing what’s there.
    Where is she?

    -- Naomi Shihab Nye