Monday, April 30, 2012

Staff Pick of the Week

We're wrapping up April and National Poetry Month. So we're leaving you with a final favorite volume of verse.

This week's pick is The Kingdom of Ordinary Time by Marie Howe


Every day I want to speak with you. And every day something more important
calls for my attention--the drugstore, the beauty products, the luggage

I need to buy for the trip.
Even now I can hardly sit here

among the falling piles of paper and clothing, the garbage trucks outside
already screeching and banging.

The mystics say you are as close as my own breath.
Why do I flee from you?

My days and nights pour through me like complaints
and become a story I forgot to tell.

Help me. Evan as I write these words I am planning
to rise from the chair as soon as I finish this sentence.

This title, and others like it, can be found in the West Virginia Library Commission Reference Library.

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