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17 Sep17

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poetry favourites:
Buenos Aires Poetry
Comtemporary Literary Horizon
Galatea Resurrects
Poetry Space

and in the shop…
collections –
“Finding the River Horse”
Littoral Press;
“The Loveliest Vein of Our Lives”
Poetry Space;
“Librettos for the Black Madonna”
White Adder Press;
pamphlet collection – “The Worcester Fragments”
Original Plus;
anthology –
“Signs of the Times”
(Burgh Poets)
diehard press




Pepys Calls in the Joiner

Together, “with great pains”
they make presses to house his books
because he’s tired of seeing them lying about
reclining in his chairs.
It is July 1666 and I imagine
unbroken sun
streaming into his rooms
so that you can see into the middle distance
dust motes thick as thieves
two people stumbling about
attempting to restore some order:
trees, wood and paper
foremost on their minds.
It was the start of Library Furniture –
nothing less than
breakfront bookcases
in which a gentleman could display
his highly prized bindings
for others to admire –
not chiffoniers, smaller and lower,
to stand in other rooms…
nothing grand
in boulle marquetry –
nor did it have adjustable shelving
or stand with matching counterparts
flush against his walls.
Winter evenings
I see his rooms lit by candles –
hands busy with books
sorting as to size.
Neatness was his purpose,
not subject matter
or author.
Dewey Decimal was a long way off
and cataloguing
not yet on the cards.

Neil Leadbeater

in collection Finding the River Horse, 2017, Littoral Press,
ISBN 978-0-9576608-7-8